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      Your Android smartphone may have arrived with malware

      Your Android smartphone may have arrived with malware
      'The malware was already present on the devices even before the users received them,' cybersecurity company Check Point said

      Your Android smartphone may be infected with malware, but here's the catch - the device may have arrived with the deceptive software already installed, according to San Carlos, California-based cybersecurity company Check Point. The firm recently discovered 38 Android-based models contaminated before users received them.

      The infected phones were used by two unnamed corporations identified as a "large telecommunications company and a multinational technology company."

      "The Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention has recently detected a severe infection in 38 Android devices, belonging to a large telecommunications company and a multinational technology company," Check Point said in a blog post Friday. "While this is not unusual, one detail of the attacks stands out. In all instances, the malware was not downloaded to the device as a result of the users’ use, it arrived with it."

      For individual buyers - purchasing phones from verified sellers can reduce the risk of pre-installed malware, but an infiltration can still go unnoticed by users, as someone who receives a compromised device wouldn't have any way to detect it.

      Here is a full list of infected Android smartphones and their malicious file names:
      Smartphone Malware APK
      Asus Zenfone 2 com.google.googlesearch
      Google Nexus 5 com.changba
      Google Nexus 5 com.mobogenie.daemon
      Google Nexus 5X com.changba
      Lenovo A850 com.androidhelper.sdk
      LenovoS90 com.google.googlesearch
      LenovoS90 com.skymobi.mopoplay.appstore
      LG G4 com.fone.player1
      Oppo N3 com.android.ys.services
      OppoR7 plus com.example.loader
      Samsung Galaxy A5 com.baycode.mop
      Samsung Galaxy A5 com.android.deketv
      Samsung Galaxy Note 2 com.fone.player0
      Samsung Galaxy Note 2 com.sds.android.ttpod
      Samsung Galaxy Note 3 com.changba
      Samsung Galaxy Note 4 com.kandian.hdtogoapp
      Samsung Galaxy Note 4 com.changba
      Samsung Galaxy Note 4 air.fyzb3
      Samsung Galaxy Note 5 com.ddev.downloader.v2
      Samsung Galaxy Note 8 com.kandian.hdtogoapp
      Samsung Galaxy Note Edge com.changba
      Samsung Galaxy Note Edge com.mojang.minecraftpe
      Samsung Galaxy S4 com.lu.compass
      Samsung Galaxy S4 com.kandian.hdtogoapp
      Samsung Galaxy S4 com.changba
      Samsung Galaxy S4 com.changba
      Samsung Galaxy S4 com.mobogenie.daemon
      Samsung Galaxy S7 com.lu.compass
      Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 com.armorforandroid.security
      Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 com.example.loader
      Vivo X6 Plus com.android.ys.services
      Xiaomi Mi 4i com.sds.android.ttpod
      Xiaomi Redmi com.yongfu.wenjianjiaguanli
      ZTE X500 com.iflytek.ringdiyclient

      This doesn't mean that all models of the listed smartphones were compromised, but it does mean that at some point in the manufacturing process, malware was installed on at least 38 identified devices.

      Previous reports have shown that Android users are more likely than Apple iPhone users to download malicious apps. The Google-developed operating system is "more open and adaptable," according to security software company Sophos.

      Last week, another security company discovered 132 Android apps infected with malware in the Google Play store.

      Apple iOS store apps have gone through in-depth examinations - the thorough vetting process blocks "widespread malware infection" among iPhone users, but malevolent software targeting iOS-based systems is on the rise, according to a report from SIXGILL last month.

      In the past, Android owners have been advised to only download apps from the Google Play Store to avoid infiltration. Unfortunately, there's no way to know if a phone has been infected before purchase.

      "According to the findings, the malware were already present on the devices even before the users received them," Check Point explained. "The malicious apps were not part of the official ROM supplied by the vendor, and were added somewhere along the supply chain. Six of the malware instances were added by a malicious actor to the device’s ROM using system privileges."


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      Re: Your Android smartphone may have arrived with malware

      Slightly suspect list since there isn't a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, yet?
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      Re: Your Android smartphone may have arrived with malware

      True, I missed that.

      The news had been reported on a few sites. Some had a shorter list than others.

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      Re: Your Android smartphone may have arrived with malware

      I wonder if the malware would be detected by a malware scanner - I don't necessarily mean removed, just detected.

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      Re: Your Android smartphone may have arrived with malware

      Quote Originally Posted by BurnIT View Post
      I wonder if the malware would be detected by a malware scanner - I don't necessarily mean removed, just detected.
      I would hope it is. I've been using such a tool for some time now.

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      Re: Your Android smartphone may have arrived with malware

      The key word there is HOPE!
      The thing is: we will never actually know especially about malware in the firmware and drivers.

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      Re: Your Android smartphone may have arrived with malware

      Very true. Unfortunately, unless you have great programming ability and knowledge of all the ways to hide and malicious software plus the time to look for it, hope is all we have.

      I would not be surprised if some government actually forced all phones to be pre-loaded with something to help them monitor us at times.

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      Re: Your Android smartphone may have arrived with malware

      There have been stories in the press recently about China forcing firmware writers to embed back doors and there have been rumours that the CIA are not entirely innocent of attempts as well.

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      Re: Your Android smartphone may have arrived with malware

      I would not be surprised if some government actually forced all phones to be pre-loaded with something to help them monitor us at times.
      According to the many crime shows on TV, they can already do that.

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