Pre-Installed Android App Impacts Millions with Slew of Malicious Activity

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January 11th 2019, By Tara Seals

The app was developed by legitimate Chinese manufacturing giant TCL.

A pre-installed Android application on Alcatel smartphones has been found surreptitiously siphoning off geolocation data, email addresses and phone identification numbers and sending the data to a server in China.

Analysts with Upstream’s Secure-D platform said that the app, Weather Forecast—World Weather Accurate Radar, asks for excessive permissions and sets about subscribing unwitting users to premium services for which the victims are billed via their cell carriers. Further, it also carries out ad fraud, visiting websites and clicking on ads – all in the background, unbeknownst to the user.

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