Published On: Tue, Jan 15th, 2019

French firm enlisted to halt SA cyber crooks

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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