This week police in Malaysia took action against several online gambling website promoters, shutting down a series of rings that use SMS services to promote the sites.
The moves came after 1,161 complaints were lodged against those who run the services, and police worked with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Minister to identify and shut down the user numbers. There were 12,449 phone numbers that were mandatorily disconnected because of their links to online gambling, and there are likely to be thousands of people who will be happy to not be spammed by the operators.
Commenting on the shutoffs Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said, "Online gambling activities are regulated under the Common Gambling Houses Act 1953 under the jurisdiction of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM). However cooperation between MCMC and PDRM is already established in efforts to curb online gambling, including aspects of joint monitoring, detection, information sharing, digital forensics, termination of phone numbers and blocking online gambling websites."
"MCMC also cooperate with telecommunications service providers in tracking down the spread of such SMS to protect the privacy of users, and service providers have also provided a screening system to block the transmission of SMS promoting online gambling activities."