NTC investigates ‘hacking’ of ex-MMDA chief’s phone

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said it’s looking into the alleged hacking of the mobile phone number of former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benhur Abalos Jr.

It said that it agrees with what Globe Telecom had previously mentioned that Abalos fell victim to a classic case of “SMS spoofing.” The telco also recently said this kind of instance occurs due to the illegal use of cell broadcasters.

“Globe has sought the assistance of the NTC and other law enforcement agencies to stop the illegal use of cell broadcasters,” the telco said.

“Using base station technology, these devices can detect active cellphones within a certain range and directly transmit SMS messages via frequencies that are sent from the machine,” it added.

NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba warned owners of illegal broadcaster devices and their operators will face criminal and civil penalties.

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