New SMS firewall helps Vodafone reduce scam texts by three

La Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC) de EE. UU. ha propuesto nuevas reglas para ayudar a abordar el problema de los mensajes de texto fraudulentos, incluido el uso de la misma tecnología que se usa para potenciar los estándares de autenticación de identificación de la persona que llama.

The regulator says 'robotext' campaigns are becoming increasingly problematic, indicating an increase in complaints from the US public.

It indicates that malicious actors are using seemingly genuine SMS messages to try to gather information to commit identity theft or steal login credentials that can be used for other types of fraudulent activity.

Fraudulent messages in the United States

Many messages pose as communications from courier companies, banks and health services, all of which handle sensitive data.

The FCC proposals would require mobile operators to block such text messages at the network level if they appear to come from an invalid, unassigned or unissued number.

In addition to the technological fix, the FCC also recommends further consumer education, urging the public not to respond to or click on links in suspicious communications and to report the incident to strengthen protections at the network level.

"The American people are fed up with fraudulent text messages and we need to use every tool at our disposal to fix it," said FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel.

“Recently, fraudulent text messages have become a growing threat to consumers' wallets and privacy. More can be done to address this growing problem and today we are officially launching an effort to take a serious, comprehensive, and fresh look at our policies against unwanted robotex.

En el Reino Unido, Vodafone informó una caída del 76 % en los mensajes de texto fraudulentos (se abre en una pestaña nueva) después de instalar un nuevo firewall de SMS.

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