Carrier filtering: Globe blocks SMS with clickable links

Messages that contain clickable links will now be blocked by Globe Telecom Inc. as the Ayala-led telco steps up its efforts against text spams and scams.

Globe said it has temporarily started blocking all text messages from prepaid and postpaid numbers containing URLs or website links in a move to further combat the influx of spam text.

“Before implementing this measure, what we were doing was blocking access to malicious links in text messages to help protect customers. This time around, we’re blocking the actual message,” Globe chief information security officer Anton Bonifacio said.

“If the SMS has a link of any kind, we are not going to deliver it, period. This is necessary to protect our customers,” Bonifacio added.

The SMS blocking will be enforced pending passage and implementation of the SIM Registration Bill, according to Globe.

“We are taking this measure for the security of our 92 million customers at Globe and 66 million more using GCash as we note how the modus operandi of fraudsters are becoming even more sophisticated,” Bonifacio said.

“This major step reflects our commitment to the country’s economic recovery by ensuring that the accelerated digital adoption does not expose customers to worsening cyberthreats,” he added.

Globe has been working closely with lawmakers towards the crafting and passage of a rational SIM Registration law, providing inputs that aim to ensure the credibility of the system.

The SIM Registration Bill was already ratified by both Houses of Congress last Wednesday and is expected to be
transmitted to the President for signature.

From January to July this year, Globe has blocked 784 million scam and spam messages, and has also deactivated 14,058 scam-linked mobile numbers and blacklisted 8,973 more.