The weather application, which is part of the installed plug-ins on some Alcatel phones, contains a malware that subscribers subscribe to specific services without their knowledge.
Namely, this is the Weather Forecast-World Weather Accurate Radar application, which is owned by TLC Corporation – a Chinese company owned by Alcatel, BlackBerry, and Palm brands. The application originally was intended only for Alcatel users, at some point in the Play Store, and became available to all Android users who had downloaded more than ten million times.
It's still not clear how the malware became part of the application, and the problem was detected when it came to the conclusion that the application was collecting user data and sending them to a specific server in China. And that's not all – it turned out that the application is also responsible for registering users for services they previously did not approve of, such as switching to premium phone numbers, for which the services are significantly more expensive.
Pixi 4 and A3 Max stand out as the most endangered, and the company still does not have a complete insight into the situation in the global market, so it is possible that some other models are compromised.
Source: ZD Net
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