Google confirms list of phones with pre-installed malware
https://www.gizguide.com – 9 days ago on June 17th 2019
Google just published a list of smartphones that has been pre-installed with a dangerous malware.
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.
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:
ARK Benefit M8
Doogee X5 Max Pro
Vertex Impress InTouch 4G
Vertex Impress Genius
STF AERIAL PLUS
STF JOY PRO
Cherry Mobile Flare S5
Cherry Mobile Flare J2S
Cherry Mobile Flare P1
NOA H6, Pelitt T1 PLUS
Thankfully, OEMs worked with Google and provided system images with security updates to remove the infection.