Google Phones Pre-installed malware

Google confirms list of phones with pre-installed malware – 9 days ago on June 17th 2019

Google just published a list of smartphones that has been pre-installed with a dangerous malware.

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Pre-installed Malware on select Android phones

Android is one half of the two OSes dominating the smartphone market with the other one being Apple’s iOS. It is said to be running over two billion devices across the globe. However, Android is no stranger to security risks.

There’s the PreAMo malware that was present in 6 Android apps that were downloaded over 90 million times. There are also reports of over 50 malware-filled apps on the Google Play Store that infected around 30 million devices.

Now, Google revealed a list of budget Android devices that have malware pre-installed. The malware is called Triada and it was believed to be injected into the smartphones during the supply chain process.

The search giant added that the malware was already in the device even before it comes out of the box.

Triada is capable of stealing important data, such from banking apps, intercept chat messages and hack social media accounts as well as directly spy on users via their phones. Triada’s makers earned money from ad revenues displayed by the spam apps.

As Google tried to trump Triada’s ways of rooting trojans in to the device, the malware adapted and utilized a system image backdoor.

Here are the phones infected by Triada:

Leagoo M5

Leagoo M5 Plus

Leagoo M5 Edge

Leagoo M8

Leagoo M8 Pro

Leagoo Z5C

Leagoo T1 Plus

Leagoo Z3C

Leagoo Z1C

Leagoo M9

ARK Benefit M8

Zopo Speed 7 Plus


Doogee X5 Max

Doogee X5 Max Pro

Doogee Shoot 1

Doogee Shoot 2

Tecno W2

Homtom HT16

Umi London

Kiano Elegance 5.1

iLife Fivo Lite

Mito A39

Vertex Impress InTouch 4G

Vertex Impress Genius

myPhone Hammer Energy

Advan S5E NXT

Advan S4Z

Advan i5E



Tesla SP6.2

Cubot Rainbow


Haier T51

Cherry Mobile Flare S5

Cherry Mobile Flare J2S

Cherry Mobile Flare P1

NOA H6, Pelitt T1 PLUS

Prestigio Grace M5 LTE

BQ 5510


Thankfully, OEMs worked with Google and provided system images with security updates to remove the infection.

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