Aug 9, 2018

Chinese 'robocall' scam hits US weather office

An unexpected message - in Chinese - has been broadcast over a public address system at a US National Weather Service office in Maryland. "Our IT team in the building worked with the phone vendor immediately to prevent all outside telephone numbers from accessing the building's PA system, to prevent this from occurring again." said a spokeswoman for the US National Weather Service. Recipients may be told they have a package to collect at the consulate, for example - this was the case with the message received at the weather office. A Weather Service employee, speaking anonymously to the Washington Post, said that the phone message arrived first, with the intercom message broadcast about 15 minutes later. "We are aware of the Chinese message that is propagating through the phone system and was [broadcast] over the building ," said an email from an IT manager at the service, which was passed to the newspaper.

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