WASPA website hacked

The Association of Wireless Application Service Providers (WASPA) website suffered an attack on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, making it inaccessible for several hours.

Attempting to visit the website would redirect visitors to a different domain that has requested permission to show notifications.

The page itself read, “Checking your browser. To access the website, click on “Authorize”. The WASPA website was restored several hours later.

“The WASPA website was down as a result of a malicious attack. However, I can confirm that no data has been compromised and that the site is fully restored, ”said WASPA Managing Director Ilonka Badenhorst.

“We’ve implemented enhanced security precautions, including changing passwords, updating our firewall, and re-enabling reCAPTCHA on the login page to ensure that any retry is canceled. “

“I can also confirm that no other service has been affected,” she said.

WASPA hosts a Do Not Contact Database (DNC), which it launched in 2020. The database allows any mobile phone user in South Africa to block spam from their users.

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“[It] represents a virtual ‘do not disturb’ service that can prevent unwanted direct marketing SMS intrusions, ”WASPA announced.

WASPA explained that its database ensures that direct SMS marketing messages from WASPA members and their customers are only sent to mobile users who wish to receive them.

The database is updated weekly and users can delete their number whenever they want.

You will not have to provide personal information to be added to the database. Only the phone numbers you want to block are required.

“Mobile content and apps developed by WASPA members have literally saved their lives in recent months,” Badenhorst said.

“Mobility allows more of us to stay home and stay safe by reducing our exposure to the outside world. There are, however, mobile users who wish to protect their privacy when it comes to direct marketing messages and the DNC database will be of particular use to them.

WASPA also hosts an online platform that allows cell phone users to check who is sending them spam text messages.

Launched in June 2021 and named the Draft codes, the platform is intended to help consumers identify the sender of unwanted SMS messages.

Badenhorst explained that unsolicited direct marketing messages are a source of frustration for South African cell phone users, especially when they cannot determine where the message is coming from.

“Anyone who owns a cell phone has probably received spam messages advertising products they don’t want or need,” she said.

The Codes project allows consumers to identify the owner of a long or short code number and the owners of USSD codes.

“This will easily identify where the SMS is coming from, although of course the platform will only contain information about service providers registered with WASPA,” Badenhorst explained.

“If the sender is identified, consumers will have peace of mind knowing that they are communicating with a reputable actor and bound by the WASPA code of conduct. “

According to Badenhorst, the DNC and Codes Project databases were not compromised during the attack.

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