17-year-old US hacker Jacob Ajit has figured out how to get free mobile data on his smartphone, following a speed test he ran from a SIM with no service.
Ajit told Motherboard he was “playing around” with a T-Mobile SIM with no service, and discovered he could connect to the operator’s network.
When he went online, he was directed to a portal asking him to renew the prepaid SIM – but Ajit was still able to run his Internet speed test app.
He figured out that he was able to access media sent from any folder named “speedtest” – due to the possible whitelisting of media files from speed test services.
Ajit set up a speedtest folder on his website and filled it with media, then accessed the media with his no service-SIM.
“Ajit then created a proxy server that allows users to access any site with this method. All a T-Mobile user has to do is go to this page and input any URL they want to visit,” stated the report.
T-Mobile did not respond to Motherboard’s request for comment.