Sri Lanka to cut phone links to 13 countries to stop scams


Sri Lanka will cut international direct dialling to 13 countries next week in a bid to stop "modem hijacking" and Internet porn scams.

The main international gateway operator, Sri Lanka Telecom, was asked to halt direct dialling to the 13 nations on Tuesday after complaints that subscribers were billed for long-distance calls they never made.

Aruna Amarasekara, director-general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, said the blockage will be in force for three months but subscribers could still make operator-assisted calls if necessary.

"We have decided to do this because of modem hijacking," Amarasekara told AFP Sunday. Sri Lanka to cut phone links to 13 countries to stop scams - Yahoo! News

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