Minister Yoaz Handel announced: "We are going to go to war against the phenomenon of cannabis and phishing messages"
The new regulation of the Ministry of Communications proposes to oblige cellular companies to activate mechanisms that will require the identification of the sender of the messages.
Director General of the Ministry of Communications: "We will not allow unknown and dubious parties to flood an entire country with spam messages, this is a real nuisance"
Yinon Ben Shoshan
Wednesday, 06 July 2022, 13:45 Updated: 14:01
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Minister of Communications Yoaz Handel on cannabis messages (Ministry of Communications)
The Ministry of Communications intends to oblige cellular companies to operate mechanisms that will make it difficult for hostile and harassing elements to distribute SMS messages anonymously,
including phishing and cannabis sales messages, Communications Minister Yoaz Handel announced today (Wednesday)
Many Israelis have recently suffered from a spamming attack on their mobile phones, some of which are used to steal personal and credit card information.
The new regulation of the Ministry of Communications proposes to oblige cellular companies to operate mechanisms that will require the identification of the sender of the message (strong verification in advance), will limit the sending of broadcasts anonymously and will help identify hostile and disturbing factors.
As part of the regulation, a message distributor using messaging distribution systems will be required to undergo strong and reliable verification and identify himself via a video call in front of a human entity in which he will provide his name, address and present certificates or documents identifying him.
In addition, the credit card used to purchase the distribution package will be verified after checking that the card has not been stolen.
Also, the cellular companies will not allow the distribution of text messages via mobile to prepaid subscribers in an amount exceeding 50 text messages per day.
These mechanisms will make it easier for the police to reach the senders of the text messages, which will deter the distributors and reduce the phenomenon.
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In addition, the Ministry of Communications is considering setting restrictions on text messages originating abroad, so that these text messages cannot arrive with a headline impersonating an Israeli number or with an identifying field that is textual so that they cannot be identified. Cannabis within a few
months.The regulation proposes to reduce the anonymous distribution of text messages, without reviewing or interfering with the content of the message, thus balancing the sender's freedom of expression with the protection of citizens from this phenomenon.
"We have decided to go to war against the phenomenon of cannabis and phishing messages that no Israeli does not suffer from. We are regulating funding and transparency in order to dramatically reduce the phenomenon of phishing messages and offers to purchase cannabis," said Communications Minister Yoaz Handel.
"The Ministry of Communications, under my leadership, will continue to be attentive and close loopholes that allow the public in Israel to be harmed and harassed.
Director General of the Ministry of Communications, Liran Avishar Ben-Horin: "Recently, we are seeing more and more criminal phenomena such as the sale of drugs, impersonation and fraud through text messages.
We will not allow unknown and dubious parties to flood an entire country with spam messages, this is a real nuisance and we are determined to put an end to it.
"The new regulation will establish mechanisms that require the sender to identify himself, enter a credit card and will not be able to distribute text messages anonymously, which will dramatically reduce the phenomenon of freely accessing and initiating drugs for our child."
Ministry of Communication