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Truecaller Bug Automatically Created Users Unified Payments Interface (UPI) Accounts with ICICI Bank

Do not share card details/OTP/CVV with anyone to avoid financial loss

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The affected users received an SMS from ICICI Bank -- starting from late Monday evening till morning hours on Tuesday -- saying "your registration for UPI app has started. If it was not you, report now to your bank. Pixabay

In a nightmare for thousands of Truecaller users in India, a so-called bug automatecally created their Unified Payments Interface (UPI) accounts with the ICICI Bank without their consent, triggering panic and hacking fears.

The affected users received an SMS from ICICI Bank — starting from late Monday evening till morning hours on Tuesday — saying “your registration for UPI app has started. If it was not you, report now to your bank. Do not share card details/OTP/CVV with anyone to avoid financial loss”.

The message was enough to scare some users who immediatly approached the ICICI Bank customer care, blocking their netbanking and debit cards.

“It was like someone attempting to break into my Internet banking account. The ICICI Bank customer care staff told me there was some suspecious activity in my online account, hence I requested them to immediately block Internet banking and safeguard the funds,” one affected user told IANS.

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In a nightmare for thousands of Truecaller users in India, a so-called bug automatecally created their Unified Payments Interface (UPI) accounts with the ICICI Bank without their consent. Pixabay

“It was a nightmare for me to wake up and see this message. Since it came from the bank, it was enough for me to believe it. I do not know if my smartphone data has also been hacked,” he added.

The users reported the issue after updating their Android app to the latest Truecaller version 10.41.6.

Later, Truecaller issued a statement, saying it has discovered a bug in the latest update that affected the payments feature, which automatically triggered a registration post updating to the version.

“We’re sorry about this version not passing our quality standards. We’ve taken quick steps to fix the issue, and already rolled out a fix in a new version.

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“For the users already affected, the new version with the fix will be available shortly, however, in the meanwhile, they can choose to manually deregister through the overflow menu in the app,” said Truecaller which added payments service with the ICICI Bank in 2017.

The ICICI Bank was yet to issue a statement on this.

Truecaller has over 100 million users in India. (IANS)

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Facebook Bug Shows iPhone Camera Open in Background: Report

Rosen said Facebook was submitting a fix for this to the Apple App Store

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An iPhone displays the app for Facebook in New Orleans, Aug. 11, 2019. VOA

In yet another Facebook bug, several iPhone users were left shocked as the moment they opened the social networking app, the phone’s camera got automatically turned on in the background.

Multiple users on Tuesday posted that while going through their Facebook feed, they observed the camera running in the background.

Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen first tweeted that it “sounds like a bug” and the social networking platform was investigating.

“Thanks for flagging this. This sounds like a bug, we are looking into it,” tweeted Rosen in reply to a user.

Later, Rosen admitted there was indeed a bug. The bug appears to only affect iPhone users running the latest iOS 13 software.

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The Facebook mobile app on an Android smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

“We recently discovered our iOS app incorrectly launched in landscape. In fixing that last week in v246 (version246), we inadvertently introduced a bug where the app partially navigates to the camera screen when a photo is tapped. We have no evidence of photos/videos uploaded due to this,” he tweeted.

A Twitter user Joshua Maddux had flagged the issue: “Found a @facebook #security & #privacy issue. When the app is open it actively uses the camera. I found a bug in the app that lets you see the camera open behind your feed. Note that I had the camera pointed at the carpet”.

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Another posted: “Facebook app on iOS 13.2.2 opens my phone’s rear camera when I open a profile photo swipe down to return (look at the little slit on the left of the video). Is this an app bug or an iOS bug?”

Rosen said Facebook was submitting a fix for this to the Apple App Store. (IANS)