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ICSTIS Close Rogue Net Dialling Firms

Posted: 19th Oct, 2004 By: MarkJ
The UK ICSTIS, a regulator for premium-rate telephone numbers, has shut down eleven services linked with unauthorised Internet dialler software. BT has welcomed the move:

Gavin Patterson, group managing director (BT), Consumer and Ventures, said: “We believe that taking down these unlicensed premium rate internet diallers will help to minimise the number of victims.

As BT announced last week, in the last three months BT and ICSTIS have co-operated to identify and take down 1,000 international and UK premium rate numbers suspected of being associated with rogue diallers. We will continue to co-operate with the regulator in this way. However, we also need to educate customers on how to protect themselves. BT cannot hope to monitor and police all call traffic when our network is handling in excess of 150 million calls a day.
”


It's reported that a further 33 companies may also be in the firing line over the next week.
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