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Call masking, SIM-boxing endanger national security

Although there have been sanctions against telecommunications operators involved in call masking, SIM-Boxing and related fraud, the menace still persists.

About this time last year, The Guardian exclusively brought the issue to light.

Lately, however, these menaces have reappeared, even more intensely, fuelling concern the country could be hit by a new wave of insecurity.

Besides threat to security, especially in cyberspace, revenue meant for government coffers are also blocked.

The Guardian learnt that as at March, call masking had cut the volume of international calls by 59 per cent. Industry analysts claimed this decline started from October 2016 when NCC jacked up ITR, which refers to the rate paid to local operators by international operators to terminate calls in Nigeria.

The Guardian, July 9, 2018

 

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