Australia's Optus Deploys SMS Spam Blocker
Published on: 2nd Jul 2013
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Australia's Optus has deployed a spam filter for its SMS service to try and cut down on unwanted text messages.
A spokesman for Optus confirmed to The Australian that the mobile network switched on the technology last week.
"This technology allows Optus to monitor spamming activity globally and pre-emptively block messages that have been sent in other parts of the world. We can also move swiftly to block SMS spam if we receive a customer complaint," the spokesman said.
It's estimates that around 14 percent of successful scams affecting Australian's last year were delivered by an SMS -- representing some 12,000 fraudulent transactions.
The country's two other networks, Telstra and Vodafone are also reported to be testing similar spam blocking platforms
On the web: The Australian