Briefs: NA cellcos deploy GSMA's spam reporting service

Staff writer
01 Mar 2012

North America’s major mobile operators - AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless – have launched the GSMA spam reporting service (SRS), in a move to help them address global messaging threats to their mobile networks.

The SRS, powered by Cloudmark technology, allows participating operators to share attack intelligence in real time so that appropriate action can be taken to prevent spam attacks from advancing.

The SRS provides a worldwide clearinghouse of messaging threats and misuse which have been reported by mobile users. The service is operated on behalf of the GSMA by Cloudmark.

It analyses SMS traffic and identifies and aggregates reports of misuse submitted by mobile subscribers of participating networks via a short code.

The SRS correlates data from all participating networks and provides operators with live, online reports that flag attacks in progress. This gives operators the information necessary to take appropriate action to protect their subscribers and their networks from further potential harm, the GSMA said.

In addition, the service also offers an Android app that operators can make available to their Android smartphone users. This app allows subscribers to submit spam details to the operator.

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