Vodafone Says Egypt Hijacked Network to Send Messages to Customers

Thursday Feb 3rd 2011 by Datamation.com Staff

Officials sent messages to subscribers without making it clear that they were coming from the government.

PCMagazine: As the civil unrest in Egypt continues, Vodaphone has revealed that during the protests, government officials seized control of its networks. The officials reportedly sent messages to Vodaphone subscribers without making it clear who was sending the messages. Vodaphone calls that "unacceptable."

"Under the emergency powers provisions of the Telecoms Act, the Egyptian authorities can instruct the mobile networks of Mobinil, Etisalat and Vodafone to send messages to the people of Egypt," Vodafone said. "They have used this since the start of the protests. These messages are not scripted by any of the mobile network operators and we do not have the ability to respond to the authorities on their content."

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