Monday, March 13, 2017

Malware Found Preinstalled On 38 Android Phones Used By 2 Companies

It's bad enough that you have to actively avoid malware at every turn but now we have to worry about it coming preinstalled on our work phones? Real nice.

An assortment of malware was found on 38 Android devices belonging to two unidentified companies. This is according to a blog post published Friday by Check Point Software Technologies, maker of a mobile threat prevention app. The malicious apps weren't part of the official ROM firmware supplied by the phone manufacturers but were added later somewhere along the supply chain. In six of the cases, the malware was installed to the ROM using system privileges, a technique that requires the firmware to be completely reinstalled for the phone to be disinfected.