In its mobile Airtel application, Airtel has fixed a severe security flaw that could have endangered the data of more than 300 million users.
The safety error was identified in the Program Application Interface (API) of the Airtel application that is easily accessed by hackers by simply using their mobile number to access the users ‘ personal data. A security researcher based in Bengaluru, Ehraz Ahmad, discovered the error. BBC reports that this flaw may lead to the user name, address, birthday and IMEI number that the application is installed on. The emails from million Airtel customers could even have been exposed, making them vulnerable to spam and other attacks.
Airtel, however, has recognized this fault and this problem has been solved by the company. The BBC quoted an Airtel Spokesman as saying: “There was a technical matter in one of our testing APIs, which was addressed as soon as we had heard it.” The Airtel spokesperson added that “Customer privacy is of utmost importance to us and we deploy the best solutions to ensure the safety of our digital platforms.
In the meantime, Airtel has launched its customers with truly unlimited prepayment contracts. In the segment Rs219, Rs 399 and Rs 499, the company has launched three new prepayments. In the first instance, as before price reviews, users are given unlimited calls to any network in India. In addition, this pack provides 1 GB daily data and 100 SMS daily. In addition, free Hello Tunes, unlimited Wynk music and the Airtel Xtream application are available for users.