UK mobile users report rise in spam messages

UK mobile users report rise in spam messages

Mobile users in the UK have reported an 11% rise in unsolicited messages per month as the threat of spam increases.

A report put together by cyber security firm Cloudmark found that messages including payday loan spam, accidental compensation spam and PPI compensation scams were among the most common unsolicited messages responsible for the Q1 increase (below).

Also on the rise was sports gambling SMSs which tend to spike during days of particularly large sporting events. For example, on 19 January, when Chelsea played Manchester United, 16% of unsolicited texts were from bookmakers (below).

The report used the Indian mobile legislation as a possible solution to eradicating spam, messages. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India implemented a spam reporting service, which combined effectively with severe penalties for cyber criminals, resulting in a drop in spam messages by 99.3%.

Cloudmark CTO, Neil Cook (pictured), said: ‘In the UK, football and the start of the horseracing season have led to weekly spikes tailored around the events. However, the civil unrest in Ukraine, a major world event in the spotlight the quarter, has had a much less noticeable effect on its country’s spam levels.

‘Sports fans and bettors in the UK had a myriad of opportunities to risk a few pounds on their favorite horses and football stars thanks to a slew of targeted SMS campaigns.’

Last month Cloudmark revealed that it was teaming up with operators EE, O2, Vodafone and Three, as well as the GSMA, to clamp down on spam nuisance text messages with The Spam Reporting Service.


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