HYDERABAD: Think twice before downloading free Apps (applications) on your mobile as fraudsters are using these free Apps as a modus operandi in gathering user data, before it is put for sale. This aspect came to light when a Nigerian national was arrested some days ago by Rachakonda police.
Since there are free game and other entertainment Apps available for free in the play store, the mobile users are downloading and sharing their mobile number, email id during the registration. But some rogue Apps floated by fraudsters are doing this with a hidden agenda to gather the personal information, which have high value among Nigerian fraudsters.
Recently, when a New Delhi based Nigerian national Udealor Tony Nnady alias Michael Davi was arrested in a lottery fraud case, he was in possession of one crore email id of Indians on various storage devices recovered from him. The details were bought by Tony for a third party, who are actually tapping the personal details of mobile users by floating various Apps with a hidden agenda and selling it to needy fraudsters, who in turn will send unsolicited mails to gullible persons posing as banker, lottery announcement and others.
“Downloading unknown free Apps, can cause security breach on mobile phones. Apart from disclosing the phone number and email, in some instances since users do not go into the nitty-gritty of the conditions applied by allowing the default settings there is every possibility of accused accessing the gallery and contacts of the mobile user,” Rachakonda Cyber Crime Wing Inspector, Mohammed Riyazuddin, told TOI.
Since the user allowed to access their personal information in the mobile, the promoter of the Apps cannot be held responsible for any criminal action. The sale of this sensitive information is mostly done through Dark Net.
With this confession, police are now making effort to identify the rouge Apps that are misusing the user data. “The mobile phone security will be at threat, if unknown and unnecessary Apps are downloaded without any serious purpose,” officials said.