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Are we ready to prevent sim card cloning?

Update : 23 Apr 2022, 11:29

The SIM card cloning is the process in which a legitimate SIM card is duplicated. It is not new in Bangladesh. If anyone gets access to your SIM card, he can make calls in your name and can involve you in illegal activities.

Incredible as it may sound, such incidents are frequent. Fraud, targeting, collecting or stealing information of a person's mobile SIM, snatching, cloning with mobile SIM, fraud, threats, extortion, carrying out terrorist activities are also happening through SIM cloning.

It is also possible to hack anyone's Facebook ID, Instagram, etc. with SMS or call-log authentication-dependent with cloned SIM (mobile number). One can also hack your accounts even if the two step verification is active. From mobile banking to all types of money transaction accounts, taking possession of money with all transaction information. If the SIM is cloned, it is difficult to find out the identity of the person concerned. When cloned, the exact SIM of the SIM is created.

As a result, it becomes difficult to identify who is the real owner and who is the fake. One can secretly spy on the victim’s calls and data transfers, send messages and make calls from his number, All without touching the victim’s cell phone. And with this opportunity, criminals can carry out various activities including intimidation, extortion, carrying out terrorist activities, engaging in militancy, borrowing money from relatives, friends, and acquaintances. Those who have logged in to Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, email, backing sites with SIM numbers, are at serious risk if they are victims of SIM cloning.

It can create social, political, economic, character, emotional threats. The people involved in SIM cloning need to be brought under cyber crime and exemplary punishment measures and punishments need to be implemented. In this case, the administration has to play a major role.

In addition, ban all paid or free version software that is used for sim cloning inside Bangladesh. Start filtering, so that no one can download. Government agencies need to be vigilant in curbing crime. After all, much more attention needs to be paid at the government and private level to create a skilled workforce employees with technical skills, so that the common people does not become a hostage to the criminals in the technology war.

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