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Telecommunications company Telstra has launched a pilot programme to block phishing texts spoofing Services Australia, according to ZDNet. Phishing messages purporting to be from myGov and Centrelink will be rejected by Telstra before they hit the phones of the telco’s customers. The company worked with the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and Services Australia on the layer 3 blocking effort, and the programme has now completed its proof-of-concept stage, forecasting to be fully rolled out across its network by the end of the year. Telstra CEO Andy Penn said involving the ACSC allowed for information sharing between government and industry, and by sharing information there was a greater chance of mitigating malicious acts.
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