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Naver’s spam-blocking app tops 10m downloads

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Published : 2014-02-26 19:55
Updated : 2014-02-26 19:55

Naver Corp., the operator of South Korea’s most visited portal, said Wednesday its spam-blocking application posted 10 million downloads, adding to its success in the app market along with its global-hit LINE messenger.

The app “Whoscall” provides users with detailed information on suspicious incoming calls and messages based on a database of 600 million numbers.

Downloaded by users in nearly 40 countries, the app is serviced in 17 languages, including English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and Indonesian.

The app’s popularity reflects rising social awareness of voice phishing and SMishing, which use phone calls or text messages to lure people to bogus websites with malignant codes and dupe them into revealing their bank or credit card information.

Last month, South Korea’s Financial Services Commission revealed that some 20 million clients’ personal data, including bank account numbers, addresses and credit ratings, had been leaked from three credit card firms ― KB Kookmin, NH Nonghyup and Lotte. (Yonhap)