Pre-installed malware found on dozens of android phones

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TECHNOLOGY - android-1869510__340DUBAI – A total of 36 high-end phones have been found with pre-loaded malware programs.

These phone models belong to Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, Asus, Nexus, Oppo, and Lenovo which are being distributed by two unidentified companies.

These intrusive software were identified by IT Security firm Check Point.

“The malware was not downloaded to the device as a result of the users’ use, it arrived with it.

“According to the findings, the malware were already present on the devices even before the users received them,” the firm wrote in a blogspot.

They also said that most of the malware found on the devices were info-stealers and rough ad networks.

They identified the ad-bot malware Loki as the most notable of the bunch.

“The most notable rough adnet which targeted the devices is the Loki Malware. This complex malware operates by using several different components; each has its own functionality and role in achieving the malware’s malicious goal.

“The malware displays illegitimate advertisements to generate revenue. As part of its operation, the malware displays steals data about the device and installs itself to system, allowing it to take full control of the device and achieve persistency,” it said.

To remove the malware, thehackernews.com stated that one should root the device and uninstall the malware apps, or reinstall the phone firmware/ROM via a process of “flashing.”

Flashing is a complicated process and users are urged to turn off the device and approach a certified technician or mobile service provider.

List of popular Smartphones

infected with malware:

Galaxy Note 2

LG G4

Galaxy S7

Galaxy S4

Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 5

Xiaomi Mi 4i

Galaxy A5

ZTE x500

Galaxy Note 3

Galaxy Note Edge

Galaxy Tab S2

Galaxy Tab 2

Oppo N3

Vivo X6 plus

Nexus 5

Nexus 5X

Asus Zenfone 2

LenovoS90

OppoR7 plus

Xiaomi Redmi

Lenovo A850

These Android smartphones are not necessarily infected.

“It just means that the malware was injected at some point between the phone vendor and the corporate users of the infected devices,” a komando.com report explained.

It also recommended users to install mobile security and anti-virus apps from Google app store for best defense against these kinds of pre-installed malware.

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