Discerning Porn Merchants And Rogue Dialers

Malaysia is feeling the heat from the rogue dialer, or Internet dumping, scammers. The Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said on Wednesday in TechCentral that most of the victims had been unwittingly downloading the offending software while surfing porn sites:

“Since it occurs mostly on adult and entertainment sites, we would like to urge users to be more discerning when accessing these sites as it may result in high IDD (international direct dial) call charges,” said Adelina Iskandar, head of corporate communications at MCMC.

I rather like the idea of trying to be more discerning while surfing for porn. I suspect that by the time the person has decided to head for those kind of sites, the need to be discerning is somewhat low on his list of priorities.

Anyway, it seems as if Malaysia’s main problem is coming from Papua New Guinea, where most of the international calls are getting routed to. In its latest effort to curb this problem, The Star’s TechCentral reports, Telekom  Malaysia will be blocking all IDD calls to Papua New Guinea as most of these sites are hosted there. Effective immediately, customers who wish to make calls to Papua New Guinea will have to call 108, Operator Assisted International Services, for their calls to be connected.