Cloudmark developing SMS spam filter

Hey, this is cool: According to Engadget, Cloudmark seems to be working on the next frontier of spam filtering: SMS spam. Give it a few years, and something like this will be baked into every provider's infrastructure or handsets. Can't wait.

On an unrelated note, I never got a drop of SMS spam in the years that I was a T-Mobile customer. Last week I switched to Verizon (iPhone 4!), and within a few days, I got my first SMS/billing scam, from somebody called SendMe Mobile, where they tried to sign me up to a $9.99/mo SMS trivia thing without my consent. I wonder if I'm going to see more of these kinds of things, now that I've moved to the US wireless provider with the largest customer base.

4 comments:

  1. Cool!

    From what I've been told, SMS spam is a huge problem in Asia, where text messages are very cheap, whereas in Europe the problem is (was? This is informaton from two years ago) near non-existent, because text messages are outrageously expensive.

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  2. My guess is we'll get to an approved sender situation.

    i.e. you set your handset to accept SMS from numbers in your addressbook or to which you've previously called or sent a message.

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  3. I get SMS spam all the time now and it really makes me mad because under my current plan, I have to pay for each one! That should not be legal.

    I can't wait for this filter. Goodbye "Work from home!" spam!

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  4. Oh, I keep forgetting some plans in the US make you pay for each message. For those people spam must be a huge pain.

    @Derek: whitelists should be dead easy to implement. But would it work in practise? What about those "I lost my phone, here's my new number" messages?

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