Upstream uncovers Android smartphones in developing markets sold with pre-installed malware

Upstream, a leader of the mobile Internet revolution in high growth markets, has revealed that new low-end Android smartphone devices being sold to consumers in developing markets, many of whom are coming online for the first time, contain pre-installed malware, the company said.

This malware, designed to commit digital ad fraud, collects users´ personal information, depletes their mobile data allowance and triggers fraudulent charges to their pre-paid credit, without their knowledge or consent.

Upstream´s carrier-grade platform Secure-D combines machine learning algorithms with payment processing workflows to protect mobile operators and their subscribers against online transaction fraud and data depletion. The Secure-D platform, deployed in 12 markets with 18 mobile operators, processes over 3.3 million transaction requests per day, providing end-to-end protection to safeguard mobile operators and their subscribers, in today´s mobile data era.

Upstream is the mobile Internet revolution in high growth markets. Its pioneering platform provides 1.2 billion people with affordable and secure access to digital services on their mobile devices.