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 network...
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14. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

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

16. domfonusr

Posts: 1070; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

17. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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..

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

42. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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..

45. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

46. domfonusr

Posts: 1070; Member since: Jan 17, 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!

19. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

24. domfonusr

Posts: 1070; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

34. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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.

36. domfonusr

Posts: 1070; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

44. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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❕

47. domfonusr

Posts: 1070; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

35. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

37. domfonusr

Posts: 1070; Member since: Jan 17, 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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