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The Threat of SMS Spoofing: Prevent Revenue Loss by Securing the Network Against Fraudulent Attack

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Executive Summary

The GSM Association has identified a number of potential fraud attacks on mobile operators that are caused by abuse of SMS messaging services. The most serious of these threats is SMS Spoofing. SMS Spoofing occurs when a fraudster manipulates address information in order to impersonate a user that has roamed onto a foreign network and is submitting messages to the home network. Frequently, these messages are addressed to destinations outside the home network - with the home SMSC essentially being "Hijacked" to send messages into other networks.

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