Upstream, an anti-fraud firm has revealed that it has found a Malware on over 53,000 Techno mobile phones in Africa.
This malwaere is said to sign up users to subscription services without their notice. These techno phones are used mainly in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana and South Africa.
The said malware is pre-installed in these handsets before they make it to the user. The users, on the other hand, are mostly of low-income statues.
Upstream believes that the originators of the malware intend to take advantage of low-income households.
The said malware ‘Triada’ installs a malicious code known as xHelper which searches for subscription services and submit requests on behalf of users, without their knowledge.
In most cases, when the subscription is successful, it consumes data and credit which is usually expensive in Africa.
Responding to the issue, Tecno Mobile said that the issue was what it called, “an old and solved mobile security issue” and that it issued a fix in March 2018.
Regarding current users facing the Triada malware, the firm recommended that the users download the over-the-air fix through their phone for installation or better still contact Tecno’s after-sales service support for assistance.