MOBILE network service providers Globe Telecom Inc. and Smart Communications Inc. announced they have intensified efforts against text scams amid the continued proliferation of spam or unsolicited text messages which now contain the names of subscribers.
According to Globe, it has spent $20 million or roughly P1.1 billion for hardware and software to prevent spam text messages from international and domestic sources, which include app-to-person and person-to-person SMS.
In their statement, the company said they are maintaining a 24/7 security operations center, staffed by close to 100 personnel in detecting attacks, breaches, spam and text messages.
From January to July of this year, Globe was able to block 784 million scam and spam messages, deactivate 14,058 scam-linked SIMs and blacklist 8,973 others.
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Smart, along with parent telco PLDT, invested P3 billion in safeguarding the public against emerging cyberthreats and vulnerabilities, including online fraud and other criminal activities.
It said they were able to block more than 11 billion attempts that open links associated typically with spam messages from January to August of this year, along with preventing access to more than 9,000 URLs tied to illegal activities.
Smart's SMS firewall blocking system was able to prevent 300 million malicious messages from reaching subscribers in the first eight months of the year, in addition to blacklisting 167,000 listed accounts where the malicious text messages originated from.