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Bogus Windows Phone app leaked customers' personal data

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Bogus Windows Phone app leaked customers' personal data
Netherlands based telecom firm Telfort didn't understand what was happening. Thousands of its customers' phone numbers and passwords were being leaked online, but it couldn't find the source of the information. Telfort shut down parts of its website relating to orders, and found that the leak had nothing to do with its own network.

Finally, after further investigation, Telfort found that a phony app using the Telfort name, was responsible for the security breach. Published in the Windows Phone Store, Telfort was able to get the app booted from the Store. The phony app used the real Telfort logo and asked users for their name and login information so that they could check their account.

Let this be a lesson to all to guard against giving out too much information online. Your information can fall into the wrong hands and an app can be bogus even you downloaded it straight from the Windows Phone Store, Google Play Store, Apple App Store or BlackBerry World. The hard part is distinguishing official apps from counterfeits. But then again, that is what the bad guys are counting on. Telfort is considering legal action against the creator of the bogus app.

source: deGelderlander (translated), KPN (translated) via ZDNet, WPCentral

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posted on 17 Jan 2014, 16:38 13

1. cripton805 (Posts: 997; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Where are all the windows people at that would bash on Android about security?

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 16:52 1

2. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


We don't bash on Android... We don't like Android, and we're confident about our platform, so we don't fell the need to do that.. Think about this.. How many Android fans do you see making negative comments on every WP related article❔ Then think about how often you see a WP fan even commenting in Android related articles❔... Now, think about why you're here❔

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 16:55 2

5. jaychildz (Posts: 106; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Ok you can't compare android fans to imaginary WP fans, my laptop isn't even windows. I'll go flip before i go windows

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 16:58 1

6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You don't like Windows❔.. Ummm, is anyone supposed to care❔.. I'm confused about the point of your comment..
Are you trying to get me to compete with you❔... Yeah, not interested.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 19:05

22. Vanster (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


haha your laptop not use windows, it maybe so yesterday

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 19:25 4

25. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Or maybe it's running the latest version of Linux, dumbass.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:14 6

13. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You fans might be confident about your platform, but Microsoft certainly isn't. It runs constant smear campaigns against Google and Android. Any of us making a big deal out of this are simply returning the favor.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:30 1

15. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Who cares... If you don't like it don't use it, and don't waist your time.. Who cares about your politics❔

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:42 4

18. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Microsoft most definitely cares. Why else would they spend all their advertising dollars attacking their biggest competitor?

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 22:10

28. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


All there advertising dollars❔... Lol❕❕

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 09:22 1

30. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Scroogled, Droidrage, even Smoked By Windows Phone all at least partially denigrated competitors, though Smoked was the least offender by far.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 09:41

31. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


All three of those together are barley all of MS advertising dollars.. And, remember those Mac vs PC commercials❔.. It's called business,, get over it...

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 09:58 1

32. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I wasn't a huge fan of it when Apple did it either.

And yes, those campaigns do make up the bulk of Microsoft's Windows Phone advertising.

I like how defensive you are now. It's delicious. You were proven wrong and now you're trying to act like Microsoft's repugnant behavior is no big deal.

Congratulations. You're a fanboy now.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 12:37

33. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Okay, so let's review the score:

(1) bogus app infiltrating Windows App Store.
(10000000000000000000000000) Bogus Android apps infiltrating Google's Playstore. That number is problably conservative too ;o)

There is no comparison, and Android is still a piece o' trash when it comes to security.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 15:00 1

38. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Says someone who has obviously paid zero attention to the many articles that have come out discussing the security measures Google has built into Android.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 17:03

40. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I've always been a MS fanboi.. What have you accomplished.. Zero❕.. Try again next time, and get a life.. "Microsoft 's repugnant behavior"

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 17:04

41. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Continued... Grow a pair, dude❕ Get over it❕

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 17:13

43. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Listen to yourself. "Yeah, Microsoft does awful things that leaves a bad taste in the mouth of anyone with even a microscopic shred of decency. Get over it!!!!"

No. No I won't. I don't let Apple slide on that bull,
and I won't let Microsoft slide on it either.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 18:02

39. andynaija (Posts: 485; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


I wish you would learn how to spell correctly and know which homophones to use because you look a little unintelligent when you type.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 20:20 3

26. willard12 (Posts: 886; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I think he's referring to Microsoft's "Scroogled" campaign.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 16:53

3. jaychildz (Posts: 106; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Don't worry lol we'll wait.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 16:54 2

4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Not bad.. It's been almost 4 years, and this is the first mishap❔.. Not bad at all❕.. My question is,, why now❔

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 17:24 1

8. joey_sfb (Posts: 3231; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Too eager to approve the apps and did not do their due diligent. I have nothing against M$ just don't like paying a few hundred for windows and a grant for Office.

I use free alternative at home. Besides, my company pays for my official uses of Microsoft product.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 17:37 1

9. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Free is very hidden in what you think is free. I would rather pay for 365 office, have support - live support, have it on linked devices and know it works that 3rd party apps. I used other apps, sure, but when push comes to shove, free apps lack what paid apps don't. Of course not all the time, but for big companies etc.

There is a reason why BB Bes Services are still running strong with companies.

Also, we talk about approved apps, how many times have bogus apps done this on droid? There is a reason droid had security issues, so the first breach by a copycat app, that has since been taken down (good sign MS was fast) in how many years of the store?

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 21:49

27. joey_sfb (Posts: 3231; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I have no problem using open office at home and kingsoft office for my mobile. Both meet my needs just fine.

In the office I use mac office to save the doc to sky drive and continue my updating with a free android office suite call kingsoft office. Work well for me. In fact I like to do my presentation from my Samsung note 2 via hdmi connection.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 17:16

7. pongkie (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


that's why you always check the publisher

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 17:38 1

10. elitewolverine (Posts: 2068; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


The publisher used their name and logo, hence why it succeeded and why they are now seeking legal action if possible.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 19:10

23. pongkie (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


can you post a link on the news that their name is used as the publisher. If so there is a big screw-up here by MS

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 17:57

11. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Typical Microsoft product...

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:14 2

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


While it's true that stories like these are rare for Windows Phone, and I'm not here to bash the platform itself, it's worth remembering that not once, but twice, Microsoft ran Twitter campaigns encouraging people to complain about malware on Android and other general issues they had. Since then Microsoft has done everything it can to poison the well against Google and Android; BenthePCGuy endlessly retweets anything that even slightly bashes both, and that's his job, what he's paid to do.

The proof of which is better will come in the fact that Google won't take this incident to run a smear campaign against Microsoft or Windows phone.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:24 3

14. nlbates66 (Posts: 314; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


be honest now, Google aren't exactly in a position where they need to care are they? :P

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:34 3

16. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


The idea that Microsoft would try to paste Android as the home of all malware is about as hypocritical as Nancy Pelosi saying "You've got to pass the bill to find out what's in it", or maybe about as hypocritical as Nixon saying "I'm not a crook"... and may actually be even more hypocritical than a barrista declaring Apple the home of all innovation.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:34

17. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Once again.. Getting involved in useless politics isn't going to put any money in your pocket.. Just enjoy the features of your favorite phone. That's more worth discussing..

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:47 3

20. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Sure, sure, yes, just be quiet, don't talk, don't discuss what's wrong with the company whose product you bought. No, let you live in dreamland guilt free.

Uh uh. I'm going to keep reminding people about the s.hit Microsoft continues to pull until they stop pulling it.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 17:12

42. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You do that.. Maybe you'll change the world someday... Till then I'll just keep enjoying this great 1520...

Do you have a GF❔... Get one..

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 17:25

45. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So basically as long as you like a product you'll forgive any awful thing the company does?

How does it feel to have no integrity?

I love the whole "do you have a girlfriend?" attack. Its the mark of someone with nothing left to say.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 20:12

46. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Which company has integrity?

I'm not asking to try to be smart... I am really curious as to where and from whom I might possibly get a product which is not attached to Foxconn or any of the other sweatshop labor-nightmare factories, not sold at super-high margins, and not loaded with garbage software that dumbs down the phone.

As for the "do you have a GF" attack... I mean, who 'needs' a girlfriend, anyway? I still have all the money that I was paid this last month. Do you know why? Because I don't have a girlfriend!

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:46 3

19. snowgator (Posts: 3290; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Which is why I agree it is stupid to point this stuff out. As WP grows- and it has grown- it will become more of a target.

It is easy to slam Android as it is the top Mobile OS and it is at the top of every dishonest leach's list for attacking. I actually think Google has done a very decent job of keeping these types of attacks down to a low number considering their user base.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 18:50 3

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You're right, I wouldn't say a damn thing about this if Microsoft wasn't so big on flinging crap at Google all the time.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 19:19 3

24. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


What's really funny to me is that Windows Phone is growing at the deep expense of Windows for PC's. Microsoft is crashing their own PC marketshare in order to float their mobile device marketshare. I guess that's not a huge surprise, as everything is going mobile, and the mobile world is what everyone is competing for right now... but I think it's hilarious how Microsoft is selling their new Windows as if it is radically different from the old Windows - it is radically different in its UI, but not in anything else. It is like the new Metro look and UI is being panned off on the average consumer as a whole new product, but the source code for Windows 8 still has the same NT kernel as its predecessors, and thus still has the same basic vulnerabilities to malware as any other version of Windows. If anything, the new UI is very poor for those who try to maintain their own PC's... the settings are so badly buried and out of sight that it is a miracle for some poor user to find them.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 12:41

34. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Again, let's review the current score:

(Single) bogus app infiltrating Windows App Store.
VS
(Thousands) of bogus Android apps infiltrating Google's Playstore.

There is no comparison; Android is still a piece o' trash when it comes to security.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 14:18

36. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


I never said that Android wasn't bad on security. I'm just saying that Windows is no better, and cannot be any better because of its Windows NT heritage. Either way, there are plenty of third-party options for securing things a little bit, but who cares about third party antivirus apps, right? If out-of-the-box security is your thing, get a BlackBerry. Personally, I could care less. I make nothing that anybody else could want to steal, and I have already accepted that I have no electronic privacy... so, lack of security does not cause me any gag reflexes.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 17:19

44. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I guess bad on security how you look at it..
Windows PC❔ LOL.. I would agree it's risky.. But, Windows Phone❔Usually very secure.... Except for these poor folks.. Lol❕

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 20:14

47. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


There is no difference between Windows 8 for a PC and Windows Phone 8! Same NT kernel! How can security for one be bad, and for the other be so perfect? It can't. Simple answer.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 13:03 1

35. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


You're probably right about Google not running a smear campaign based off of this. However, Google is just as bad as MS when it comes to playing fair with their competitors. Just ask anyone who has a Windows Phone and doesn't have access to any "official" Google applications. MS has even offered to build the applications for Google at no cost. All of these companies are about profit, and they all play hard ball.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 14:27

37. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


And, in the end, this is the only thing that is true of everyone right now. No one is in it to just do good for consumers. The money means everything. I am just another numbered herd member to all of these companies, and they are just slowly harvesting me in the most efficient, productive way possible over the course of my entire life time. That fact upset me for some time, and even made me feel sick for a while, but it stopped making me feel sick as of last year. I'm used to it now.

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