All govt agencies to sign up for anti-spoof registry, relook use of SMS and links in communications with citizenry

21/1/2022 12:59:00 PM

All govt agencies to sign up for anti-spoof registry, relook use of SMS and links in communications with citizenry

All govt agencies to sign up for anti-spoof registry, relook use of SMS and links in communications with citizenry

SINGAPORE — The Government will sign up all of its agencies to a national anti-spoof registry and review its use of SMS and clickable links in all of its communications, the Smart National Digital Government Group (SNDGG) said on Friday (Jan 21).

.In a statement, the SNDGG said that the move will make it more difficult for attackers to send spoofed messages disguised as government agencies and will help the Ministry of Home Affairs trace and catch the scammers.It added that the Government will explore using other channels, such as an inbox feature within its Singpass app, for members of the public to receive messages from government agencies.

SNDGG noted, however, that although smartphone access in Singapore is high, SMS is still used by citizens who either do not own smartphones or use messaging apps.It added that recent moves made by organisations to make SMSes more secure could lead scammers to focus their efforts on other channels: “The removal of clickable links for low-risk transactions also has implications beyond reducing accessibility and inclusion. Scammers will redirect their efforts through other means, such as emails, to trick the public into visiting spoofed websites,” it said.

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