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Wednesday
Dec032003

Serious SMS Spam on the Horizon?

You may recall my post from September 12th about Microsoft Smartphones potentially becoming platforms for SMS spam? Well, nothing has happened here just yet, but a little news item (Co-branded version of MobiSMS) posted at Computing Unplugged did make me a little worried about the future of SMS as a useful tool.

Why? Well, let me just post a few quotes from the news item on MobiSMS, a mass SMS sending tool, geared for Outlook:

"MobiMarketing have taken the award winning MobiSMS for Outlook and unplugged many of the core component parts. “It’s just a question of ticking the box, and we will brand the product with your logo, connect the application to your preferred SMS gateway and provide a set of business processes to start making money from SMS messaging”, said Alistair Campion, General Manager of MobiMarketing."

I start worrying when I see "MobiSMS for Outlook", "just tick a box" and "start making money from SMS" in the same paragraph. These days I regularly get 90-100 emails daily and maybe 5-10 are legit emails -- all because of spammers. Can you imagine spammers getting hold of a mass SMS sending tool like this? Yikes!

I'll just leave you with this quote from the article:

"As a plug-in component for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express, MobiSMS makes the sending of an SMS as easy as sending an e-mail."

Lookout SMS users. Here it comes.

Reader Comments (2)

I don't think you're irrational in your alarm. I'm currently setting up a new server for myself and my clients due to the overwhelming onslaught of SPAM. I'm having to go to extreme lengths to _DEFEND_ my inbox from the 500+ SPAM messages I received from all of my e-mail accounts.

When the same people who send me e-mail after e-mail about patches, pills and get rich quick schemes can easily get their hands on this software, it's GOING TO HAPPEN.

I just hope that the carriers already have defenses in place otherwise SMS will become worthless.
December 3, 2003 | Unregistered Commentermashby
Mike I am already getting anywhere from 5 to 10 weekly.cheers
December 4, 2003 | Unregistered Commenterchinchorrero

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