06/06/2009 11:22 PM | WAM
Abu Dhabi: The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) says the public can now block spam SMSs that reach their mobile phones.
Mohammad Al Ganem, TRA Director-General, says: "We received some inquiries on how to face such a quantity of Spam SMSs that reach the subscribers' mobile phones, hence, we would like to clarify that spam SMSs that broadcast files to be downloaded by the mobile holder are considered a hacking tool.
"Therefore, we advise the subscribers not to accept the file; bearing in mind the text SMS in itself is not dangerous, the danger lies in the file when the subscriber accepts to download. Furthermore, we advise subscribers not to give their phone numbers to entities and parties that are unknown to them.
"As for the means to block these spam SMSs, the two licensed telecoms operators have been interested in solving such a problem. ‘du' is working on a parallel solution, which once launched, will enable subscribers to block spam SMSs. Once a service is blocked, subscribers will also have the option to unblock the service in case they wish to continue receiving messages from the source.
"As for Etisalat, it already provides the service of blocking spam SMSs where their subscribers may block the short numbers and the source of the message through sending a text SMS including the letter b' or the word block' followed by the number of the SMS source to 1011; then the message source will automatically be blocked," Al Ganem said.
The move comes as part of the TRA's Commitment to transparency and protecting the interests of UAE telecoms subscribers.