Commsrisk Top Ten for August 2022

It is easy to understand why Commsrisk kept setting new records for the number of monthly visitors whilst the world was gripped by the pandemic. Confinement led people to spend more time online, and the result was that Commsrisk was found by many new readers who have since helped to maintain audience figures at elevated levels since. However, this did interrupt the previously unbroken pattern of year-on-year growth, with a temporary fall in traffic levels coinciding with the relaxation of COVID‑19 restrictions. The steady upward rise of traffic soon resumed, but it was unclear how long it would take before the record number of visitors would be challenged again. So it was pleasing that the number of visitors during August was the second highest monthly total in the history of this website. The previous few months had also been strong but August included the single most popular week in Commsrisk’s history thanks to Americans who learned the name of serial robocaller Roy Cox Jr. on the TV news, and who then came to Commsrisk, via Google, to find out more. This also serves as an illustration of just how much ordinary people want scammers and spammers to finally get the punishment they deserve.

The following rundown presents the ten most popular Commsrisk articles during August as measured by unique pageviews.

  1. Chief Target of New US Robocall Crackdown Is American Banned from Telemarketing in 2013
  2. Wikipedia Records the Death of Revenue Assurance
  3. Top Security Researcher Explains How to Crash Telco Networks in the Cloud
  4. Vigilante Used Traffic-Pumping Fraud to Pay for Denial of Service Attacks on Robocall Scammers
  5. Is Flash Calling a Fraud?
  6. Twitter Responds to Privacy Breach by Telling Users Not to Register Their Regular Phone Numbers
  7. Will the USA Dominate Global Call Authentication? A Conversation with a US Telecoms Legend
  8. New Paper Analyzes How Nation States Threaten Telco Security
  9. Is Vodafone UK Deliberately Overcharging the Dead?
  10. Anti Corruption Bureau Halts Purchase of National Revenue Assurance System in Malawi
Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.