06-17-2014 06:01 AM
Graham Cluley | June 17, 2014
A German security firm is reportingthat an Android smartphone manufactured in China is shipping with malware pre-installed on it.
The Star N9500 smartphone, which can be easily found available for sale via outlets like Amazon and eBay for relatively cheap prices, is said by researchers at G Data to be infected with the Uupay.D Trojan horse, posing as a version of the Google Play Store app.
According to the security firm, the spyware trojan runs in the background stealing information, and sending it to a server based in China:
The spy function is invisible to the user and cannot be deactivated. This means that online criminals have full access to the smartphone and all personal data. Logs that could make an access visible to the users are deleted directly.
06-17-2014 06:11 AM
Oh now that is not good.
I do not think I have heard of a phone arriving with malware pre-installed before. Even if one is very careful about downloads, to the degree of downloading NOTHING, one would STILL be exposed to major risks using one of these devices.
This makes it essential to have AntiMalware installed on every smartphone, regardless of download habits.
Thank you for sharing this one Jasper!
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06-19-2014 12:58 PM
eBay has certainly done the right thing in banning its sale on its sites, all the other companies should follow suit now.
June 19th, 2014, 17:56 GMT · By Ionut Ilascu
Spyware on N9500 Android detected as Android.Trojan.Uupay.D
06-19-2014 04:50 PM