Chinese Video App VidMate Stealing Personal Data, Drain Battery, Fake Ad Click to Generate Revenue From 500 Million Android Users
Most popular video app VidMate caught up for various malicious activities in their customers Android mobiles including drain users battery, collecting personal information, Create fake ad click-through invisible ads to generate revenue from 500 million users who have installed VidMate.
Vidmate is one of the world most popular Android Video app for download and streaming videos from popular services, including Dailymotion, Vimeo, and YouTube.
Chinese company Alibaba owns Vidmate currently not available in the Google Play store, but they are distributing through third-party store including CNET or Uptodown.
A recent research report from Upstream reveals that “VidMate subjects its users to a range of suspicious behavior that could be costing them money, draining their phone batteries, and exposing their personal information.” VidMate is mainly displaying hidden ads in users Android mobile and generating fake clicks, perform suspicious behavior that leads to cost money, extremely draining batteries.
It also performs other malicious activities like installs other suspicious apps without consent and collects personal users’ information using hidden software within the app.
130 Million Suspicious Transaction Attempts
There is 130 Million suspicious Transaction attempt by VidMate was flagged and terminated by Upstream’s security platform, Secure-D.
These attempts were initiated from 5 Million unique devices from 15 countries, and the blocked traction would cost nearly $170 if those malicious transactions weren’t terminated.
Guy Krief, the CEO of Upstream, said to buzzfeednews, “users who download and open VidMate “surrender control of their phone and personal information to a third party.” .