Complying with NTC’s request to restrict harmful URLs is Globe and Smart.
Globe and Smart, two telecommunications providers, stated on Tuesday that they abide by the National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) recent order to ban harmful unified resource locators (URLs) in spam text messages to safeguard the public from con artists.
Globe stated that it “welcomes” the order since it formalizes the fight against spam and SMS fraud.
“Globe has long blocked spam and scam text messages that we find, including those that contain malicious URLs or links, according to the company. This is a part of our continued endeavor to protect our clients by filtering out harmful SMS, stated.
Globe will work “closely” with the NTC to develop innovative solutions to further safeguard its users from online fraud and strengthen its reaction to the increased spam communications.
The company stated, “We renew our appeal to all stakeholders to heighten vigilance and take proactive steps to support industry efforts against growing threats.
The instruction, however, came after the NTC called a conference with carriers to work together and draft a memorandum targeted at disabling links that lead to harmful websites, according to Smart vice president and head of regulatory affairs Roy Ibay.
Ibay said that Smart had previously made similar measures that had prevented 342 million “smishing” messages from being sent from just June to August.
Smart prevented 11.3 billion attempts to access fraudulent websites between January and August of this year, as well as 5.5 million domains that contained malicious URLs for phishing, spam, and hoaxes.
Due to phishing and fraud, a total of 342 million SMS messages and 167,000 mobile numbers were also blacklisted from June to August only.
In a Tuesday document, the NTC instructed Globe, Smart, and DITO, the nation’s three telcos, to restrict any domains or links used in text-based scams.
The three telcos are anticipated to block these URLs using a database compiled from reports from mobile users and data gathered from various governmental organizations, including the National Trade Commission, National Privacy Commission, Department of Trade and Industry, and law enforcement agencies.
Additionally, the NTC required these businesses to deliver a written compliance report by September 16 at the latest.
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