Con artists have settled in phones




Con artists have settled in phones

How to defeat spammers and not remain at a loss

Unsolicited advertising pours into the phone and all. By the number of SMS-spam Russia is second only to neighboring Belarus. In the West, the problem long ago decided by law, but domestic users while they can rely only on themselves and on the integrity of their network provider.

“Find out if your husband changes,” “Losing weight is 25 kg per month without diet and stress,” “Predict the date of your death!”. SMS-mailing every day people are being bombed promises – enticing and overwhelming. In one stream with a variety of “scam” and the ads are more prosaic: beauty salons, taxi services, restaurants and saunas. Intrusive SMS-ki falling without end – even if her husband is something you do not, and in the cabin that you have never been. Interspersed with the unexpected advertising messages are necessarily about prizes and winnings, even though the lottery of your entire family involved only the grandmother, and that in the 77th year.

In your healthy sleep spammers do not care with a high steeple. Three o’clock in the morning, in their opinion, it is a good time to please the owner of the cell phone of a new action in the spirit of “buy six pairs of shoes – the seventh free.”

Irritating spam phone more than email. But well, if it costs only emotions. Authors mailings put pressure on the most sensitive strings, only the user has made a call back or send an SMS to a short number. One such “extra movement”, and the score on the mobile can easily be reset. And the calls and responses are on such advertising is expensive. Minute povisel on the wire, and farewell to a few hundred rubles.

In the course are very very unpleasant tricks. “Mom, urgently put a thousand to that number, then explain it all!”. Happen in a country that was wrong – a large-scale emergency, disaster or a major fire – as the authors of such mailings are animated. Here, even the strongest nerves will not stand, especially if the favorite child suddenly appears out of reach. So it was immediately after the fire at the club “Lame Horse”, and during the flooding in the Far East.

Authors such plaintive requests often live in places not so remote. From prisons and colonies goes up to 40% of mobile spam. The operators themselves are powerless: restrict the use of cellular signal or is it possible that through the Federal Penitentiary Service.

Each newsletter is sent, usually at 10,000 thousand rooms. “Leads” to the provocations of Statistics 1-2% of recipients. A thousand people a thousand rubles – a good, agree business. When it turns out that the child put money on the phone did not ask for, and paid SMS, for example, is not worth 10 rubles, and 500, to sound the alarm is usually too late. Non senders are changed daily, and the old SIM cards go in the garbage.

Next – worse. Progress does not stand still, and now the crooks can literally live in another phone. He pressed a questionable link – get a “Trojan horse” program that is easy to extract from a mobile phone all important passwords. After you do this with your device can be anything you want. For example, send out malicious links from your phone to all the contacts, access to photos and even steal money from your bank account. Especially great is the danger, if tied to the number of bank card.

Where are these messages on my phone? Here, as always, there are two ways – legal and “gray”. But for honest marketing to go directly to the cellular operator (which, by the way, no “Trojan horses”, of course, does not allow). From such mailings subscriber can refuse at their own discretion.

But for fraudsters is expensive and inconvenient, because the price included and taxes, royalties and control over the content of the bargain. It is much easier to buy on the black market newsletter to 3,000 rooms – just a little over a thousand rubles. A can also cheaper. As the analyst Sergei Potressov Mobile Review, according to advertising on the Internet today, “the cost of one SMS has already fallen to 0.018 cents (!) A little thing at the order of 100 million packages and more.” With such a cost can be thousands of percent profit. It is not surprising that a total of Russian spammers earn more per year 4.5 billion rubles!

Short codes for mailings bought the so-called content aggregators, many of which are specialized in the bona fide mailing lists: voting, virtual gifts and other favorite pastimes mobile people. However, the chain from the operator to the content provider’s long, and it usually be at least one lousy sheep. A filter the contents of all mailings from content aggregator, as a rule, too, there is no desire. Why give up the lucre, even if not legitimate? Especially because no one will punish?

As a result of the annoying spam no one is immune. How, then, to deal with this scourge? The European Union made easy: almost 10 years ago introduced a fabulous fines for several thousand euros for spam. In England even harsher measures – if the organization is found guilty by jury trial, the amount of the fine and not limited.

Our operators have already started to block spam-SMS, coming from short numbers. In particular, MegaFon and Tele2 have already done so, like other operators declared their readiness to go this route. “MegaFon and Tele2 are just more or less clearly formulated that line, which will now be followed by all operators. In fact, it is the appearance of control and impose order on the market “, – said Sergey Potressov.

Now, in order to send information messages from short numbers, partners MegaFon is necessary to conclude a direct contract with the operator. This is expected to increase the transparency of the business and will protect customers from the messages that they do not need. Unfortunately, however, such a step is not ready to go all the operators. Some are still willing to turn a blind eye to the flow of nayzoylivyh SMS-ca, richly fertilized by viruses and “divorce” subscribers …

And yet, this measure effective. After all, as commented Sergey Potressov: “After the transition to the circuit block everything, except distributions on contracts with operators, the price of one SMS can reach 30 kopecks apiece, which would make” a messenger business “is much less attractive.”

But the blocking of spam from short numbers – this is only half the battle. After all, you need to block spam and coming from the regular rooms, the flow of which is huge. But that’s not possible. After all, according to our law, the operator is obliged to deliver any message from one user to another, arrived with the usual mobile number and has no right to block spammers without a complaint from the subscriber. If your network operator is somehow controlling this flow, all that comes out of other people’s networks can not be controlled. Operators can not block such spam. Can only complain … To counter such mailings will only help a law that will protect users against spam undertaken with Other phone numbers. With this agreement, Member of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Information Policy Ruslan Gattarov: “Today in the Federation Council Committee on Development of the Information Society, we are already discussing legislative measures to combat not only the mobile and mobile spam. He needs to firmly oppose in law. By the way, the U.S. is that spam – this is the first step to an electronic terrorism and punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. ”

But the most important element in the fight against spammers and operators of scams we are. If you receive a suspicious message, it is better to immediately report this fact to the operator. If this is really cheating, the number and SMS are blocked, the fraudsters – punished, and many of your fellow citizens, friends and family are saved from becoming a victim of a mobile robbery. Citizens, beware!


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