Saudi Communications commission obliges mobile network providers to block spam SMSs

A woman uses her mobile phone. (AFP)
Updated 13 December 2017
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Saudi Communications commission obliges mobile network providers to block spam SMSs

RIYADH: The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) this week urged mobile service providers to inform users of the quick solutions that can reduce spam text messages, SPA reported.

This is possible by allowing users to exit all the lists to which they have previously subscribed by sending a text message to one of the numbers dedicated for blocking spam, according to the CITC.

The CITC included several key bodies on white lists, from which users cannot unsubscribe like government bodies, major hospitals, universities, and schools.

In addition, the CITC urged mobile operators to undertake technical solutions within the next three months to allow users to automatically and fully control the kind and source of received text messages, which will protect them and reduce spam.

Spam text messaging, whether SMS (texts) or MMS (texts with photo or audio), is a multifaceted problem, and therefore, the CITC adopted a multifaceted approach that combines the application of regulations, international cooperation, the use of technology, raising mobile users’ awareness, and developing regulations for reducing spam.

For more on this topic, the CITC’s official website contains information on spam control regulations.


Saudi, Bahrain classify Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Soleimani among terror list

Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran, in this September 22, 2011 file photo. (REUTERS)
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Saudi, Bahrain classify Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Soleimani among terror list

  • The US Department of the Treasury in 2011 alleged that Soleimani, Abdollahi and Shahlai were linked to a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s former ambassador to the US and current foreign minister of the Kingdom, Adel Al-Jubeir

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it and Bahrain had added Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and senior officers of its Quds Force to their lists of people and organizations suspected of involvement in terrorism.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted a statement from the security services saying Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, and the force’s Hamed Abdollahi and Abdul Reza Shahlai were named on the list.
The US Department of the Treasury in 2011 alleged that Soleimani, Abdollahi and Shahlai were linked to a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s former ambassador to the US and current foreign minister of the Kingdom, Adel Al-Jubeir, and imposed sanctions on them.
Saudi Arabia’s State Security Presidency and the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), a US-Gulf initiative to stem finance to militant groups, sanctioned and designated nine individuals associated with the Afghan Taliban and their Iranian facilitators.
The center was established in May 2017 during US President Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia.
This action is the third collective TFTC designation action since the center was launched.
It will result in the freezing of all assets, properties and related revenues of the named individuals in the designating countries and prohibits anyone from engaging in any transactions with them.