more than 900 communication operators of Russia connected to the “Antifraud” system

more than 900 communication operators of Russia connected to the “Antifraud” system

At the beginning of March 2024, Roskomnadzor revealed that four major communication operators (Megafon, MTS, Beeline and Tele2), as well as another 900 small operators out of 1183 with valid licenses, whose number capacity is more than 94%. According to the law, all communication operators had to connect to this system by March 1.

The RKN has already drawn up reports on 87 operators, the court considered 35 of them. “Five warnings were issued, fines were imposed. Their total amount is more than 16 million rubles,” the department informed the mass media.

Those operators who violate the deadlines for joining “Antifraud” are threatened with administrative fines under Art. Administrative Code 13.2.1 (up to 800,000 rubles for individual entrepreneurs and up to 1 million rubles for legal entities), and systematic violations may threaten the revocation of the license to provide communication services, the RKN warned.

Previously, RKN revealed that since December 2022 (the time of the system’s launch), 90 billion calls have been sent for verification. The “Anti-fraud” system checks whether the subscriber, from whose number the call is made, makes this call. Without confirmation, the operator does not miss the call.

Roskomnadzor reminded that the largest volume of fraudulent calls in the Russian Federation is currently made through small telecommunication operators, mainly those that send these calls via transit to subscribers of large operators.

How “Antifraud” works:

  • mobile operators are connected to Roskomnadzor’s notification system. At the moment, the “big four” have joined, the rest of the Russian communication operators must join them no later than March 2024;

  • when a call is received, the operator automatically asks the system for confirmation that the subscriber really made the call;

  • if the call is real and the number is not fake, then a verified connection is established. In the absence of confirmation, the operator does not miss the call.

The RKN explained that connection to the “Antifraud” system is free of charge in any of three options: cloud connection, adaptation of special software on the operator’s server, and hardware connection of the operator’s communication system to the “Antifraud” interaction node.

The HRCC specialist explained to the mass media that the problem with replacement numbers in the Russian Federation will be solved only when all communication operators and their partners connect to the “Antifraud” system. Supervisory agencies explained that communication operators have no right to pass unverified calls. “Large telecommunications operators will use their infrastructure and connect to the common “Antifraud”, and regional telecommunications operators will have the opportunity to connect to cloud nodes, thus joining a single network. All operators will be obliged to verify the initiated calls”, – told the mass media at the HRCC.

The “Anti-fraud” system consists of a central node, verification nodes and interaction nodes. The central node and the nodes of interaction are directly responsible for the experts of the HRC. Verification nodes are connected directly to communication operators. Create and operate this part of the system by the operators themselves. HRCC will then serve them remotely. Communication channels between system nodes are provided by Roskomnadzor. The agency will also store and analyze connection information received from operators.

According to the Ministry of Statistics, with the launch of “Antifraud”, fraudulent calls with a replacement phone number have largely moved from regular phone networks to WhatsApp and other messengers.

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