Ultimate Network Defence: Fighting the Rising Tide of SMS Spam

Ultimate Network Defence: Fighting the Rising Tide of SMS Spam

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Mobile Spam is on the rise, and unfortunately so is the complexity of the content.   From annoying marketing scams to malicious malware attacks, networks worldwide are increasingly under threat from SMS abuse.   With the world’s largest mobile messaging service, SMS, a prime target, and an ever-growing number of OTT messaging services appearing – what is the future for mobile messaging and what needs to be done to secure our most trusted messaging medium, SMS?

During this unique webinar, Ciaran Bradley, VP of Handset Security, AdaptiveMobile, will showcase the very latest mobile threats including:

  • - URL links that trick the subscriber into downloading and installing Malware, Spambots or Denial of Service attacks
  • - Apps that send premium rate messages without the subscriber’s knowledge
  • - Phishing messages to try and capture the subscriber’s personal details
  • - Messages tempting subscribers to sign up for costly services – without the subscriber realising the real cost involved
  • - Fraudulent alerts and marketing scams to trick the subscriber into dialling premium rate numbers

As well as highlighting the most current and potentially damaging threats facing the operator community today, Ciaran will discuss the very latest in SMS network protection – including state of the art reporting mechanisms for the consumer community.

Brand new research on consumer SMS Spam experiences, including insights on how they would like SMS Spam reported and the impact it has on their mobile experience will also be unveiled for the first time as part of this webinar.

We hope you can join us for this informative and one-off event.

All registrants will receive an email invitation post webinar to download a copy of the research report including key findings discussed on the webinar.

Tags; Adaptive Mobile, Archive, Featured, OTT Messaging, SMS Spam, telecoms.com
Q&A
  • Paul Waite November 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Thank you for all your questions, this Q&A is now closed. You can email your questions directly to Ciaran by sending them to Ciaran.Bradley@adaptivemobile.com.

  • Hanneli November 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Hi. Large operators receive billions of SMS per day. If you’ll process all these transactions, won’t it cause delivery queuing? Also, what are your policies/safeguards regarding SMS privacy for the SMS scanning feature? Thanks.

    • Ciaran Bradley
      Ciaran Bradley November 14, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Hi,
      That’s a good question, SMS messages are in the billions, but our platform is designed to process these messages in real-time without introducing latency and is already deployed in some of the worlds largest networks – one of our largest deployments has over 165 million subscribers.

      Our fingerprinting technology protects subscriber privacy by only blocking known spam

  • Michael Gawanda November 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

    These messages do not contain links, but often email addresses. They are sent in a low volume. Is your system capable of detecting those?

    • Ciaran Bradley
      Ciaran Bradley November 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Yes – the system can detect calls to action that may be malicious (emails, phone numbers, urls).

  • Tim Ward November 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Do you have any stats showing the volumes of spam from different sources? Main interest is split between SIM farms (where the owner knows they are SPAMing and the operator bears the direct cost) and compromised handsets (trojans or web SMS origination) where the subscriber bears the cost)?

    • Ciaran Bradley
      Ciaran Bradley November 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

      SIM farms is a more common source of spam, particularly in regions where competition has driven down the price of pre-pay unlimited packages. The main use of compromised handsets has been for premium SMS fraud, not SMS spam campaigns.

  • Sean Thompson November 14, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Does your solution stand alone or do you need to integrate with other PCRF/PCEF components?

    • Ciaran Bradley
      Ciaran Bradley November 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

      There are multiple options. It can be standalone, or it can interact with various components for traffic acquisition depending on the network architecture.

  • Andrey L. November 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Hello colleagues! Can you send more information about your system architecture, and a copy of this presentation?

    • Ciaran Bradley
      Ciaran Bradley November 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Hi,
      A download for this subject will be made available via the mailing link we sent out on Monday, we can conact you later to discuss any specific details you would like to know on SMS Spam prevention or please feel free to contact AdaptiveMobile directly

  • Jason P November 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

    How do u identify the exact SMSC used where the subscriber changes the SMSC address to an open SMSC, in order to avoid realt-time balance deduction

    • Ciaran Bradley
      Ciaran Bradley November 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

      We can detect an open SMSC using GT scanning or we can detect Spam messages coming via an open SMSC to prevent these messages

  • Petri November 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Which network elements does the SMS Firewall need access to?

    • Ciaran Bradley
      Ciaran Bradley November 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

      The solution described here performs more actions than a standard SMS Firewall – which usually only addresses Fake and Spoof fraud. How it fits into the network depends upon the network architecture but usually via a PEP – Policy Enforcement Point

  • Stefan Kiebooms November 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Where does your platform fit into the network?

    • Ciaran Bradley
      Ciaran Bradley November 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Hi Stefan,

      This depends upon the traffic architecture as there are several points we can connect into, to ensure minimum latency etc. If you’d like to discuss specific details then please contact AdaptiveMobile directly

  • Michael Gawanda November 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Thank you for this interesting webinar
    Do you have any experience with SMS SCAM and/or SMS Fraud on classifieds?

    • Ciaran Bradley
      Ciaran Bradley November 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Yes – we have seen issues with scammers harvesting phone numbers from classifieds so that they can be used in spam campaigns.

  • luzia November 14, 2012 at 10:21 am

    please can you send a copy of this presentation?

    • Ciaran Bradley
      Ciaran Bradley November 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Hi Luiza,
      A download for this subject will be made available via the mailing link on Monday
      If need any more information please contact AdaptiveMobile directly

  • Paul Arrowsmith November 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

    has the webinar started, I am having trouble getting in – is it working?

    • Paul Waite November 14, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Hi yes it has, if you are having problems viewing it then please click here to try our non-streaming version as your firewall may be preventing live streaming: http://webinars.telecoms.com/webinar/nostream/

  • Jim Dev November 14, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Is all SMS Spam illegal?

    • Michael Gawanda November 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Guess that depends on the local legislation.
      In Austria all unwanted marketing messages are illegal §107 TKG

    • Ciaran Bradley
      Ciaran Bradley November 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Not always – from our records we know that what some subscriber’s report as spam can be legitimate messages. However our solution allows the operator to define what type of messages they want to block – illegal phishing attacks for example – and what sort of messages they will allow and perhaps receive reports on. Our platform also allows the operator to offer subscribers a service that allows them to define their own personal block list to prevent the messages they do not to receive from reaching them