Popular Smartphone Infected with Malware
Want to buy a new android Smartphone? Or Already bought new android Smartphone? Do not expect it to be a clean sheet. Popular Smartphone Infected with Malware. Pre-installed android malware found in 36 Smartphone’s.
These malware infected devices were identified after a Check Point malware scan was performed on Android devices. Two malware families were detected on the infected devices: Loki and SLocker.
According to a blog “The malware were already present on the devices even before the users received them. 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, meaning they couldn’t be removed by the user and the device had to be re-flashed”.
In February 2016, Loki Trojan injects devices inside core Android operating system to gain powerful root privileges. The Trojan includes spyware-like features, like grabbing the list of current applications, browser history, contact list, call history, and location data.
SLocker is a mobile ransomware that locks victim’s devices for ransom and communicates through Tor in order to hide the identity of its operators.
List of Popular Smartphone Infected with Malware
- Galaxy Note 2
- LG G4
- Galaxy S7
- Galaxy S4
- Galaxy Note 4
- Galaxy Note 5
- Xiaomi Mi 4i
- Galaxy A5
- ZTE x500
- Galaxy Note 3
- Galaxy Note Edge
- Galaxy Tab S2
- Galaxy Tab 2
- Oppo N3
- Vivo X6 plus
- Nexus 5
- Nexus 5X
- Asus Zenfone 2
- OppoR7 plus
- Xiaomi Redmi
- Lenovo A850
Remove the malware from Smartphone
Though it’s hard to remove, still to remove the malware from the infected devices, either you can root your device and uninstall the malware apps easily, or you would need to completely reinstall the phone firmware/ROM via a process called “Flashing.”
Flashing is a complex process, in which users power off their device and approach a technician/mobile service provider.
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