pre-installed malware

Pierluigi Paganini October 09, 2023
Android devices shipped with backdoored firmware as part of the BADBOX network

Researchers warn that more than 70,000 Android smartphones, CTV boxes, and tablets were shipped with backdoored firmware as part of BADBOX network. Cybersecurity researchers at Human Security discovered a global network of consumer products, dubbed BADBOX, with firmware backdoors installed and sold through a compromised hardware supply chain. The experts reported that at least 74,000 […]

Pierluigi Paganini February 10, 2023
Android mobile devices from top vendors in China have pre-installed malware

Researchers reported that the top-of-the-line Android mobile devices sold in China are shipped with malware. China is currently the country with the largest number of Android mobile devices, but a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the Trinity College of Dublin revealed that top-of-the-line Android devices sold in the country […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 10, 2020
Pre-Installed malware spotted on other Android phones sold in US

Researchers from Malwarebytes have found yet another phone with pre-installed malware via the Lifeline Assistance program sold in the United States. Researchers at Malwarebytes have found malware pre-installed on smartphones sold in the United States, this is the second time as documented in a report published in January. In January, Malwarebytes researchers discovered that the […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 26, 2018
Pre-installed malware found in 141 low-cost Android devices in over 90 countries

Researchers from Avast the antivirus firm are investigating the discovery of pre-installed malware found in 141 low-cost Android devices in over 90 countries. Security experts from Antivirus firm Avast have discovered a new case of pre-installed malware on low-cost Android devices, crooks injected the malicious code in the firmware of 141 models. The operation is […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 03, 2018
Over 40 models of low-cost Android devices shipped with Triada banking Trojan

Security researchers at Dr.Web have discovered over 40 models of low-cost Android smartphones are shipped with the dreaded Android Triada banking malware. Security researchers at Antivirus firm Dr.Web have discovered that 42 models of low-cost Android smartphones are shipped with the Android.Triada.231 banking malware. “In the middle of 2017, Doctor Web analysts discovered a new Trojan Android.Triada.231 in the firmware of some […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 29, 2017
Experts spotted Triada Trojan in firmware of low-cost Android smartphones

Malware researchers at the Russian anti-virus firm Dr.Web have spotted the Triada Trojan in the firmware of several low-cost Android smartphones. Another case of pre-installed malware make the headlines, malware researchers at the Russian anti-virus firm Dr.Web have spotted the Triada Trojan in the firmware of several low-cost Android smartphones, including Leagoo M5 Plus, Leagoo M8, Nomu S10, and Nomu […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 11, 2017
Check Point experts spotted pre-Installed Android Malware on 38 Android devices

Experts discovered pre-installed malware on 38 high-end smartphone models belonging to popular manufacturing companies such as Samsung, LG, Xiaomi and Asus. In the past, security experts have already reported cases of pre-installed malware on mobile devices. In September 2015, security experts at G-Data security firm discovered new cases of Chinese Android mobile devices infected by […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 25, 2015
Lenovo caught with pre-installed tracking application for the third time

Michael Horowitz from Computerworld discovered an application called “Lenovo Customer Feedback Program 64,” which is used to gather customers feedback data. Once, two, three … this is the third time that security experts discover a spyware pre-installed on Lenovo laptops and workstations, and also in this case without the knowledge of its millions of users. […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 08, 2015
Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone with preinstalled malware and much more

The security firm Bluebox discovered a preinstalled malware, many malicious apps, and a series of security holes on the Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone. After the episode of Lenovo pre-installed malware, another case is worrying the IT community. This time, security firm Bluebox has discovered pre-installed malware and other security issues with a Xiaomi Mi 4 mobile […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 17, 2014
Once again Android Smartphone from China with pre-installed malware

Security Experts at German G Data discovered that a popular Chinese Android Smartphone, Star N9500, comes with a pre-installed spyware. It’s not a mystery that many Android Smartphone comes with pre-installed applications, unfortunately some of them could hide an ugly surprise for the owner, a malware that can steal user’s data. In April the Chinese TV […]