Gatchalian seeks clampdown on global crime syndicates behind spam text messages

Gatchalian seeks clampdown on global crime syndicates behind spam text messages

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — To clamp down operations in the country of global cyber criminals, Senator Win Gatchalian urged authorities to work hand in hand with organizations and institutions that address international cybersecurity.

Gatchalian made the call following the National Privacy Commission’s (NPC) recent revelations that the onslaught of spam text messages offering nonexistent jobs is a handiwork of global crime syndicates.

“Authorities should leave no stone unturned in unmasking the culprits behind these smishing activities and to at least put a stop to the latest scam trend they have employed which has already victimized a number of unsuspecting mobile subscribers,” he said.

Gatchalian urged the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) cybercrime division and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group to coordinate with international cybersecurity agencies in tracking down cyber criminals.

The senator revealed that he has been at the receiving end as well of the text spams or scam text messages offering nonexistent jobs almost on a daily basis for several weeks now.

Gatchalian also urged both the NPC and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to look into the revelations of tech expert Art Samaniego who, in an interview with DZMM, said that a Chinese website appeared to be among the sources of the text spams. (ai/mtvn)

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