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Millions Of Android Phones come preinstalled with a Massive Threat – Warning from Google

Written by Quadrum Lee

September 14, 2019

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A huge number of new Android cell phones are being purchased with risky malware factory-installed, as indicated by Google’s very own security research group. 

There have been different features about a large number of unsafe applications being installed from the Play Store, but this is something new and danger to unsuspecting users, believing that new boxed gadgets are protected and clean, is that a some of that preinstalled malware can download other malware in the background, submit ads(fraud), or even take control over its host device.

Android is a fast-growing open-source network, which is incredible for development but not very good when threat actor takes advantage of hiding malware in basic software loads that come on very new devices.

New shiny phones can have up to 400 applications factory-installed, many of them are ignored by us. In any case, it comes to pass that many of those applications have not been checked. The applications themselves will work as billed, giving a helpful service or capability. 

A security researcher on Project “zero” shared her group’s findings at the black hat on Thursday. “Security issues or that dangerous malware can come as preinstalled apps”. she cautioned, “at that point, the harm it can do is riskier”, and that is the reason we need so much auditing, reviewing and analyzing. 

The issues impact Android’s Open-Source Project (AOSP), a lower-cost option in contrast to the full-fat version. AOSP is introduced on lower-cost cell phones where less expensive software options help keep costs down. This implies the owner of Android-badged devices from the Samsung and Google itself are protected from this particular risk.

The Google didn’t reveal any brand details of phones involved, but around 200 device manufactures fell foul of the testing, with this dangerous malware allowing the devices to be attacked through the internet. Of specific concern were two especially harmful malware campaigns: Chamois and Triada.

Chamois install background applications, create different kinds of fraud advertisements, downloads plugins and can even send premium-rate instant messages. Chamois alone was found to have come installed on more than 7 million devices.

Triada is an older variation of malware, one that additionally shows ads and installs applications.

Meanwhile, the typical device applies around downloading and installing applications from the Play Store. A healthy dose of skepticism does not go wrong when the application is from an unknown source.

Very few clients can do if those threats come preinstalled, however, and that is the reason this disclosure is so dangerous. For this one, we have to depend on manufacturers to make the best thing and follow Google’s recommendation in screening software fully to eradicate such issues.


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