22 June 2014

Beware Low-cost Android Device With Malware

For the first time, experts at German security vendor discovered highly dangerous spyware in the firmware of Android device.
For the first time, G DATA (German security vendor) has discovered a certain malware that cannot be easily detected by the users. This malware has perfectly disguised as the Google Play Store and was part of the pre-installed Android apps.  

What makes it more dangerous?

Malware has the ability to send data (personal, online banking, emails,calls etc) to a server located in China without any knowledge from the user.

Affected Model

This N9500 model that is produced by the Chinese manufacturer, Star, that looks pretty similar with those well-known smartphone maker. The manipulated app which integrated into the firmware, according to report, is not possible to remove.

The price of these Android devices ranging from 130 to 165 euros.

"The options with this spy program are nearly unlimited. Online criminals have full access to the smartphone. G DATA customers reported a detection by our security solution and thus alerted us to this criminal tactic." ~ Christian Geschkat, Product Manager Mobile Solutions.
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