Article contains an interesting aside on the abandonded national alert system.
If you haven’t received it already, I’ve followed up with our provider to see what’s happening (we were expecting it last night).
I’ve not had a text yet about the Coronavirus.
Will keep you posted!
This is the message content:
Not had one yet
Was reading about it on the BBC a bit ago, O2 was saying with the volumes involved they will need up to 22.00 tonight to complete sending.
I guess each network is responsible in this situation for its own subscribers and those of their MVNOs?
Just got mine now!!!
Coming from “UK_Gov” doesn’t give the best impression of being legit.
Talking of spam, seems some users are now getting a message like the second one here, which I assume is someone spoofing the cli…
I’ll raise this^^
A couple of people on Facebook mentioned it, I’ve not had anything on Zevvle or my other SIMs. Won’t be long till someone tries to make money out of this situation though.
What a lovely way to train people to click on phishing links in texts… also the link isn’t even HTTPS so good job generating plenty of HTTP traffic open to interception.
Also can’t wait for scammers to spoof the sender ID but instead of simply joking (as above) they will include a link to pay the “fine”…
The gov.uk site is already on the Chrome https only list already according to https://hstspreload.org/?domain=gov.uk
I’ve not checked other browsers. The trend towards HSTS helps prevent the pain text transmission and resultant man in the middle attacks.
As a variation of this, I’m hearing reports on Twitter of people getting a text to install the app to track potential contact with someone with the Coronavirus. Anyone know any more?
Yes — got one on Sunday, along with a few people I know. At least the link is https!
They could be doing it by number range instead of network provider, otherwise I would’ve thought you’d have one by now…
I’m wondering if it’s linked to people who have has a test, or other contact details by the NHS.
They’ll need to target people living in England and Wales, so presumably need cooperation from the networks to filter by address?
How long before scammers start sending their own version of this new one but with a malicious link?
The privacy statement with the emails said they are using contact details provided to GPs etc, emailing where possible, texting otherwise