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Title A New Reason To Not Buy These Cheap Android Devices: Complimentary Malware   hot icon  
Date 2018-06-14 Hit 9
 

Title: A New Reason To Not Buy These Cheap Android Devices: Complimentary Malware

 

Author: Rhett Jones, Gizmodo

 

Date: 25 May 2018

 

Abstract: Researchers at Avast Threat Labs say that more than 100 different low-cost Android devices from manufacturers like ZTE, Archos, and myPhone come with malware pre-installed. Users in more than 90 countries, including Australia, are said to be infected. The good news is there's a fix. According to the report, this adware variant has been in the wild for three years. It's called "Cosiloon" and was first noticed by Dr. Web in 2016. Because it's located in the device's firmware, it's extremely difficult to remove. Avast has detected its presence on 18,000 of its users' devices, so far. Cosiloon has evolved and been updated over the years while largely using the same methods. In one variant, an application is located on the /system partition that downloads a manifest of instructions for which services to start and further downloads. A payload is then installed that serves pop-up ads that your twitchy fingers will likely click inadvertently and could lead to other security issues.

 

Source: https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/05/a-new-reason-to-not-buy-these-cheap-android-devices-complimentary-malware/



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