Pulling the (phone) plug

Ireland is to become the first country in the world to block direct-dialled calls to entire countries. The decision, by Commission for Communication Regulation ComReg, is an attempt to stop an internet-based fraud that relies on modem-jacking. But, while the BBC report focuses on the need to counter the fraud, the blocking of entire nations’ phone systems to direct calls is not the only response available

The move has understandably received world-wide press attention – Canada, US, Australia, as well as in technology-focused media such as CNET News – but perhaps the most interesting report comes from The New Zealand Herald.

New Zealand Telecom has been aware of the same problem for 1

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