Globe blocks more than 2 billion scams, SMS spam in 2022

Globe Telecom Inc. introduced on Tuesday that the variety of rip-off and spam messages blocked in 2022 hit a document excessive of two.72 billion, greater than double the earlier yr’s 1.15 billion.

In response to Anton Bonifacio, Globe’s Chief Data Safety Officer, this displays the “influence of the elevated marketing campaign in opposition to malicious SMS”.

“Our clients are our high precedence, so we do our greatest to verify they’re shielded from scammers and scammers. We are going to proceed to spend money on cybersecurity programs and work tirelessly to offer them with a protected and nice on-line expertise as we additionally take part within the full implementation of the SIM Registration Legislation,” he mentioned.

Bonifacio added that this initiative is a “important” element of Globe’s cybersecurity technique.

Over the previous yr, the federal government has taken a extra proactive position in preventing scams and spam, which generally contain identification or cash theft.

Globe’s partnership with business banks and on-line retailers enabled the corporate to dam round 83.4 million bank-related spam messages in 2022.

“With our relentless proactive blocking efforts and implementation of the brand new regulation, we’re making nice strides in our marketing campaign to finish textual content fraud,” he mentioned.

To this point, Globe has spent about $20 million to enhance its spam and rip-off SMS detection and blocking system. The 24/7 Safety Operations Middle filters out these undesirable messages, together with app-to-person and person-to-person SMS from worldwide and home sources.

Globe additionally blocked person-to-person textual content messages with clickable URLs from all networks final September amid rising issues about escalating scams and spam messages, significantly these containing cellphone customers’ full names.

In 2022, contemplating the amount of spam and rip-off messages — a few of which have been recognized as being operated by worldwide organizations — the federal government enacted Republic Act 11934, or the SIM Registration Act.

The regulation requires people to register their SIM card and supply their respective service suppliers with a legitimate identification doc.