French firm enlisted to halt SA cyber crooks

January 15, 2019 6:35 am1 comment
Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association of South Africa

Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association of South Africa

by AKANI CHAUKE
JOHANNESBURG – THE Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association of South Africa (WASPA) has enlisted the services of a global mobile security expert to fight cyber crime.

France-headquartered Evina has been enlisted in the wake of fraudulent attacks on local mobile network operators and systems of mobile service providers in South Africa and worldwide becoming a major concern.

“Specialist tactics are required to combat fast-moving, guerrilla-style hacking attempts,” explained WASPA General Manager, Ilonka Badenhorst.

The executive said the engagement of Evina followed the completion of a tender process that saw six firms submitting proposals to review WASPA’s mobile security best practice guidelines.

With a mission to ‘make mobile safe again’, the French company says it has a passion to help mobile content and application providers, mobile carriers, mobile advertisers, app developers and others recover the approximately US$3 billion lost annually to fraud.

David Lofti, Evina co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said the company’s experts had a long history of on-the-ground experience in beating mobile fraudsters.

“From fraudulent app installs to click cons, our Artificial Intelligence-based protection kit blocks fraudulent mobile transactions while continuously adding to our corporate anti-fraud Intellectual Property (IP), Lofti said.

WASPA was formed in 2004 as a self-regulatory body with a mandate to represent and regulate its voluntary members, which provide mobile-based value added services, alo known as WASPs.

As of end 2018, it had over 400 members.

– CAJ News

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