Ever since the wily Greek hero Odysseus conceived his crafty plan to breach the wall around Troy, the term Trojan horse has come to refer to any trick or stratagem that causes a target to invite a foe into a securely protected bastion or space. His was the stratagem that allowed the Greeks to enter the city and end years of conflict. Unimaginable by Odysseus, the term is now synonymous with "malware" - programs or applications presented as useful or harmless and which induce the user to install and run them; in reality, much damage may be done to the hardware or software, or increasingly causing personal &/or financial loss.
A current form of SMS fraud involves the stealth implant of a Trojan on a mobile device which when installed can send SMS messages to premium rate numbers. Unsuspecting users facilitate the install of the Trojan on their device which can then initiate calls to premium numbers as well as communicating with and obeying call initiation instructions from external sources. Instances of this strand of malware, which was first detected in 2013, have been reported in 66 countries prompting concerns about a global pandemic.
Even though the level of awareness of SMS SPAM has increased and law enforcement measures to combat cybercrime are also increasing, a continual stream of industry reports are warning that illegal profit figures are already hefty and growth is set to continue. Ironically the emergence of new technology and especially cloud based computing is facilitating cybercrime by making it easier for criminals to access technology, services and expertise.
The pursuit of both stronger and more inventive defences is our business here at Anam. MNO’s require an AntiSPAM partner who is one step ahead in order to anticipate and protect both subscribers and revenue. Our firewall-based AntiSPAM solution is focussed on the SMS channel and offers state of the art detection, filtering and blocking technology and expertise.
Complementing the technology, our Managed Service offering comes in many flavours and gives you full control over the shape of your capability to keep subscribers free of SPAM and minimise SMS revenue leakage.