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Microsoft chief hit by rogue dialler

by Nikola Strahija on September 11th, 2005 Ed Gibson, Microsoft UK's recently appointed chief security advisor, has admitted to being hit by the rogue dialer.

Although these scams are primarily aimed at the internet newbies, that clearly isn’t so. It seems like many broadband users can also be affected via back-up modem connections.

A rogue dialler recently cost Gibson £450 in phone bills, which BT is insisting he pay. Gibson told attendees at London "eConfidence: Spam and Scams" conference that more must be done about the rogue dialler problem.

It isn't clear how Gibson, a former senior FBI officer specialising in financial crime, was infected with the dialler software. Microsoft wasn't able to immediately comment.

ICSTIS, the regulator of premium-rate services in the UK, last month announced that telephone providers will now be forced to delay transferring funds to premium-rate number holders for 30 days. The measure is expected to make it harder for the scams to operate. Previously number operators were paid within a couple of days.

In June, the government announced that rogue dialler scammers could face fines of up to £250,000 under new government proposals backed by ICSTIS.

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