Commsrisk Top Ten for September 2019

Several articles about wangiri fraud commanded the audience’s attention during September. This is not surprising, given that the meaning of the word ‘wangiri’ is now understood by customers around the world because of continuing attacks and the negative publicity they generate. September even saw the CEO of Telstra inform customers about how many wangiri calls they now block. Whilst wangiri fraud patterns may have changed over time, the public’s frustration will grow if they find themselves receiving over 50 calls from fraudsters in just a few days, as has been reported in some cases. And whilst some telcos are doing a better job of identifying and blocking fraudulent calls, enough keep slipping through to encourage a widespread impression that telcos do not work hard enough to protect their subscribers.

Here is the rundown of the most popular Commsrisk articles in September.

  1. RAG Wangiri Blockchain Solution Implemented
  2. Wangiri Attacks in Belgium, Slovakia and Hungary
  3. Wangiri Attack Makes UK News Headlines
  4. National Telecoms RA Auditors Demanded One Percent of Guinea’s Economy
  5. Simjacker Privacy Vulnerability Is Activated by SMS
  6. Accusations of Fraud in Appointment of South African Telco Directors
  7. SIM Swappers Tweet from Twitter CEO’s Account
  8. EU Operation Disconnects 800,000 Pirate TV Viewers
  9. 58 Percent Rise in US Wangiri Since Beginning of 2019, Claims Report
  10. Have You Taken the 10-Minute Leakage Coverage Survey?
Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.