More text messages and calls from fraudsters? The government has an idea to fight cybercriminals

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More text messages and calls from fraudsters?  The government has an idea to fight cybercriminals
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The government will start working on the draft law on the fight against abuse in electronic communications. The Council of Ministers will adopt the project in the second half of 2022, the Prime Minister’s Chancellery announced on Tuesday.

The Chancellery of the Prime Minister (Chancellerie du Prime Minister) has announced that the government will begin work on the outline of the draft law (draft number: UD402) on the fight against abuse in electronic communications.

The Chancellery of the Prime Minister pointed out that the services provided in the context of electrical communication are “used more and more widely and in a more sophisticated way by criminals in order to cause damage to telecommunications companies and end users or to obtain undue advantages”.

“In recent months, attacks against natural persons with the use of telecommunications services have also intensified” – noted in a statement from the Prime Minister’s Chancellery. “Criminals, using special VoIP Internet gateways, impersonated the number of trusted institutions or public figures and called from an allegedly real number” – explained. “In this way, fraudsters have taken advantage of weaknesses in telecommunications networks, which means that mobile network operators are often unable to verify whether the connection in which the number is presented is indeed from a SIM card which is registered for a given number name of CLI spoofing” – mentions the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.

The Chancellery of the Prime Minister has indicated that another phenomenon that the future law must combat is SMS phishing – the so-called fracas. “Fraudsters pretend to be trusted institutions and try to persuade unknowing victims to divulge personal data, credit card information or infect a device by clicking a link in the message” – is it written in the communicated.

In the opinion of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, “it is necessary to introduce appropriate provisions to combat abuse in electronic communications”. “The solutions proposed consist in creating an appropriate legal framework to take measures aimed at preventing abuse in electronic communications by telecommunications companies and, in the longer term, they will, to a greater extent than at present, reduce the extent of abuse and to protect the safety of users” – underlined.

“The issue of combating fraud is not regulated in the European Electronic Communications Code and has not yet been regulated in the Telecommunications Law” – reminded the Prime Minister’s Chancellery.

The bill provides for the imposition on telecommunications companies of obligations and powers related to the fight against abuse in electronic communications. These entrepreneurs will be required, “in particular” to “take proportionate technical and organizational measures aimed at combating abuse in electronic communications”.

In addition, telecommunications companies will be required to block short text messages whose content matches the message template provided by the NASK CSIRT or block voice calls intended to impersonate another person or institution. “The President of the Office of Electronic Communications will keep a list of numbers used only to answer voice calls” – it was indicated.

“The CSIRT NASK team will monitor the occurrence of smishing and provide telecom companies with sample messages indicating the occurrence of smishing” – informed the Prime Minister’s Chancellery.

Additionally, the law is to include a provision that will require email providers “with at least 500,000 users, 500,000 active accounts or public entities” to use the email authentication mechanism.

Janusz Cieszyński, State Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Chancellery, is responsible for preparing the project. The Council of Ministers is expected to adopt the bill in the second half of this year. (PORRIDGE)

Author: Ewa Nehring

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