DICT supports move vs. cybercrime

The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) has vowed to support Manila Bulletin (MB) and Truth 360’s cybersecurity movement dubbed Scam Watch Pilipinas after lead convenors Jocel de Guzman (founder of Truth 360) and Art Samaniego (MB Tech News Editor) sealed an agreement with DICT Asistant Secretary Jeffrey Ian Dy. Scam Watch PH which piloted in June 2023,  is an advocacy dedicated to protecting internet users from online scams. 

“Our group will develop educational campaigns, conduct workshops, and collaborate with law enforcement agencies to effectively combat cybercriminals,” Samaniego quipped. He also disclosed that despite relentless warnings, more people fall prey as cybercriminals continue to leverage hacking skills. 

According to Statista survey, 51 percent of Filipino respondents who had experienced digital fraud attempts were targeted with phishing attacks. Some 42 percent of respondents were targeted with money or gift card fraud schemes.

Meanwhile, De Guzman  announced on social media that the AI reporting tool of  Scam Watch PH is now operational.  This was designed by Executive Technology Advisor Alvin Veroy.  

“I am calling my friends in the financial industry, telcos and ewallet platforms to come forward and work together to protect internet users from online dangers. Together, we can make a tangible difference in the fight against cybercriminals and ensure a safer digital future for all,” Samaniego added. 

Recently, Scam Watch PH met with Union Bank and Converge ICT Solutions to discuss how corporate agencies can fully support this initiative.

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