Anonymous text messages sent to parliamentarians


After adopting a parliamentary draft resolution on measures for ensuring the realization of state policy on railway transportation, MPs and media focused on a scandal involving “flying messages”, anonymous SMS texts sent with political messages.
During the session on Friday, MP A.Bakei announced that there were some problems with telecommunications. He said that his ward members received rude messages from his number regarding the issue of railway transportation. “This is violating human rights, the rights of a legislator”, he added.
Speaker Z.Enkhbold added, “I received an SMS message from my own number. I tasked B.Ariunsan from the General Intelligence Agency (GIA) to investigate the issue, because it is a serious problem if it’s possible to send messages acting as someone else.”
MP D.Gankhuyag added that he also received over one thousand messages since Thursday evening, reading, “Please vote 1. Chip borders with Chinese gauge, 2. Pledge Mongolia by Bank of China, 3. Sell our land to foreigners for 100 years.”
Messages with provocative content were sent to voters using MPs names and numbers, surprising and irritating message recipients.
On Friday, PM N.Altankhuyag, Parliamentarian Special Sub-Committee Chairman G.Batkhuu and Chairman of the Cabinet Secretariat Ch.Saikhanbileg made statements regarding this incident.
They reported that, MobiCom and Unitel tried to stop these messages, but people are still receiving them, so the companies sent messages to consumers warning them to be careful about the provocative messages.
PM N.Altankhuyag announced that he tasked the authorities of the GIA, police, relevant legal institutions, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, MobiCom and Unitel to stop the messages and quickly find out where they were sent from and who was behind them.

The Executive Director of MobiCom Corp., David Holliday, and Vice-Director M.Enkhsaikhan spoke to the press regarding the issue.
MobiCom networking experts found that the anonymous SMS messages were sent from Romanian mobile phone network operator Vodafone, but messages sent by Unitel’s numbers were sent from Malta. Currently, all telecommunications data from Malta and Romania to Mongolia have been restricted.
David Holliday said that the illegal action with political intentions might have occurred by using faults in cell phone networks in Romania and Malta and computer programs rerouting the calls through Mongolian numbers.
It was clarified that the messages were sent using 20 Mongolian telephone numbers, but it is not yet clear how many people received the messages. Engineers are working to determine what Romanian Vodafone number was used to send the messages and if they used Mongolian SIM cards or other devices.
MobiCom did not accept the blame for the sending of messages and explained that the incident is similar to identity theft.

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