A keyboard app that has been downloaded more than 40 million times has rung up millions of dollars in fraudulent charges by secretly making premium purchases on a targeted device.
The mobile security firm Upstream reported the keyboard app a.type had resided in the Google Play app store until its removal in June 2019, but it can still found in third-party Android stores and remains in use by many people unaware of its malicious nature. The company noted and blocked some 14 million transactions took place from about 110,000 devices that have the keyboard, with most of the victims in Egypt and Brazil.
If all the charges had gone through, it would have cost the device owners about $18 million.
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