Globe moves to combat text spam

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GLOBE Telecom (Globe) has adopted an automated mechanism from US-based technology provider Xura to block unsolicited messages in a bid to curb text messaging scams.

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The fully automated tool weeds out up to 300,000 spam and scam messages on Globe’s network.

The technology, which costs around $4 million, can filter through 1 billion text messages per day.

“The establishment of a new mechanism to block the transmittal of these messages brings us a step closer to having a spam-free network,” said Anton Bonifacio, Globe’s chief information security officer.

According to Bonifacio, the aid technology will also help address election-related spam
messages ahead of the national and local elections in May this year.

He added that the new mechanism now covers majority of the company’s postpaid and prepaid customers totaling 53 million at the end of 2015.

With the rampant circulation of spam and scam messages, Globe operationalized in September 2014 an automated filtering functionality that reduced the number of such
messages going through the Globe network.

At the end of 2015, Globe said it blocked close to 37 million of spam and scam text messages.

The number of spam/scam text messages blocked by the mechanism averaged around 17,000 day in the last quarter of 2015, reaching a peak of around 200,000 in July last year.
Such mechanism has since been upgraded and expanded to effectively prevent transmittal of spam and scam messages, Globe said.

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