Government gets strict on pesky calls, mobile frauds; sets up digital intelligence unit – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With not a lot success in controlling pesky calls and monetary frauds performed utilizing mobile networks, the federal government is getting stricter on the menace and has determined to impose penalty on the tele-entrepreneurs whereas disconnecting their assets in case of repeat violations.
Also, the Centre is setting up a Digital Intelligence Unit (DIU) to coordinate with numerous stakeholders when investigating fraudulent actions which can be performed utilizing telecom assets, communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated on Monday.
Concerned on the rising cases of undesirable calls, messages and frauds perpetrated by mobile networks, even for individuals who have registered for the Do-Not Disturb (DND) service, Prasad chaired a excessive-degree assembly to deal with the problem which has been tough to regulate to date.
“Clear directions were issued to the officials to take strict and tangible action to stop such activities immediately,” it was determined on the assembly the place Prasad directed his group to take stern steps towards erring telemarketers and people concerned in harassment of telecom subscribers.
In the assembly, it was additionally identified that even unregistered tele-entrepreneurs have been sending business communication to the subscribers.
The minister directed telecom ministry officers to conduct a gathering with mobile operators and tele-entrepreneurs to apprise them of the seriousness of the problem and to make sure compliance with the laid-down guidelines and procedures.
For efficient dealing with of Unsolicited Commercial Communication (UCC) and likewise deal with monetary frauds, it was determined to develop an internet/mobile software and SMS-based mostly system for redressal mechanism. “This will enable telecom subscribers to lodge their complaints related to matters involving UCC,” the federal government stated.
Apart from the DIU, the federal government will even set up a Telecom Analytics for Fraud Management and Consumer Protection (TAFCOP) system in mobile service areas to deal with the issue.
As the nation labored from house and companies and places of work performed operations out of workplace, the circumstances of phishing assaults have been on the rise. Apart from pesky calls, there have been rising cases of mobile/web subscribers being duped within the title of job portals, on-line procuring, digital banking, and coronavirus updates.
The authorities not too long ago knowledgeable the Parliament that over 2.9 lakh cyber safety incidents associated to digital banking have been reported in 2020.
The circumstances, as per the knowledge sourced from the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), grew from almost 1.6 lakh incidents in 2018, to about 2.5 lakh in 2019, and thereafter to 2.9 lakh final yr.
The incidents included phishing assaults, community scanning and probing, viruses and web site hacking, the federal government stated in Rajya Sabha earlier this month.

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