IDD Nanny

Sri Lanka’s telecom watchdog will block international direct dialing (IDD) access to twelve countries from Tuesday to prevent ‘modem hijacking’ and internet scams, an official said Sunday. Sri Lanka’s telecom watchdog will block international direct dialing (IDD) access to twelve countries from Tuesday to prevent ‘modem hijacking’ and internet scams, an official said Sunday. The three month ban kicks in from Nov. 1 and aims to protect the public from frauds related to premium rate services known as ‘modem hijacking’, ‘internet dumping’ and ‘dialer hijacking’.

Some 32 customers belonging to Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) had complained to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission earlier that their bills far exceeded actual calls taken by them.

These unauthorized calls were terminating at Solomon’s Island, Vanuata, Cook Islands, Wallis, Funtana Islands, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Western Samoa, Kiribati, Niue Estonia.

“We had a lot of complaints as people were getting high bills,” Director General of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, Aruna Amarasekara told LBO.

The telco watchdog has asked Sri Lanka Telecom – who channels bulk of the island’s internatio