South Africans’ airtime and data stolen through malicious smartphone app

Jamie McKane reports:

Mobile technology company Upstream announced earlier this month that it had detected a suspicious weather forecast application which was pre-installed on Alcatel smartphones.

The company’s security platform, Secure-D, detected suspicious activity initiated by this application across multiple countries – most notably in Brazil and Malaysia, although South Africa was also affected.

The application was named “Weather Forecast – World Weather Accurate Radar” and was pre-installed on Alcatel Pixi 4 and A3 Max devices – in addition to being available for download on the Google Play Store.

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When Secure-D tested the application, it found that the app was collecting and transferring users’ personal data to servers in China.

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