malware pre-installed in smartphones

25 Jan

london 8.31am 11.4C monday 2016 . sunny

seems that is what is happening. smartphones from china have been tampered with by a third party who embed malware inside the hardware which makes it difficult to remove. the malware sends you adverts. and steals your details, including passwords etc. the new thing in this is that the malware cannot be uninstalled as they are the fixed installations in the handset. i have noted the date when this was written up, sept 2015. so it is not new news. new to me because i missed it when it first came out. none of the newspapers in uk wrote about it. yet it is important news surely? has it been dealt with by now and the threat is no longer there? i wonder?

malware preinstalled

Here are the devices infected with the malware: Xiaomi Mi 3, Huawei G510, Lenovo S860, Alps A24, Alps 809T, Alps H9001, Alps 2206, Alps PrimuxZeta, Alps N3, Alps ZP100, Alps 709, Alps GQ2002, Alps N9389, Andorid P8, ConCorde SmartPhone6500, DJC touchtalk, ITOUCH, NoName S806i, SESONN N9500, SESONN P8, Xido X1111

Edit: A spokesperson from Xiaomi told Trak India that the malware is injected by a third-party supplier and not by the manufacturers themselves. “Unauthorized retailers can inject malware into any device bought from an unofficial channel. This is why we strongly recommend buying Mi phones only through authorised channels such as Mi.com, Flipkart, Amazon or Snapdeal

another link saying samsung phones are also infected. that report is dated 18.6 2015 so may be old news now. also xiamei 5 is the latest one so xiamei 3 may be old hat. the world of hi tech is fast moving. makes me glad i am with my chromebook and not have to bother with all this smartphone nonsense. haha.

seems to me that smartphones users are the targetted group now instead of pc users. but i think the companies are now tightening their security againt third party interference. 

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