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Airtel app flow could have exposed user data, issues fix

By: Rohan Pal, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi Last updated : December 07, 2019 12:04 pm

The security flaw was found in the Airtel app’s Application programming interface (API), which could be easily exploited by hackers to access personal data of users by just using their mobile number.
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Airtel has fixed a serious security flaw in its Airtel mobile application that could have put the data of over 300 million users at risk.

 

The security flaw was found in the Airtel app’s Application programming interface (API), which could be easily exploited by hackers to access personal data of users by just using their mobile number. The bug was discovered by a Bengaluru-based security researcher, Ehraz Ahmad. The flaw could give access to user’s name, address, birthday and IMEI number on which the app is installed, reports BBC. It could have even exposed the emails of millions of Airtel customers, making them vulnerable to spam and other attacks.

 

However, Airtel acknowledged this flaw and the company has fixed this issue. “There was a technical issue in one of our testing APIs, which was addressed as soon as it was brought to our notice,” an Airtel spokesperson was quoted as saying by the BBC. “Customer privacy is of paramount importance to us and we deploy the best of solutions to ensure the security of our digital platforms,'' the Airtel spokesperson added. 

 

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Meanwhile, Airtel has introduced truly unlimited prepaid plans for its users. The company has introduced three new prepaid plans in this segment ranging from Rs 219, Rs 399 and Rs 499. To start with Rs 219 plan, users will get unlimited calling on any network in India, just like before the price revision. The pack also offers 1GB of data per day along with 100 SMS per day. Furthermore, users will get free Hello Tunes, unlimited Wynk music and access to Airtel Xstream application.


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