More than 40 Chinese smartphone models come out of the factory with preinstalled malware – Tech

More than 40 Chinese smartphone models come out of the factory with preinstalled malware - Tech

A malware is preinstalled in the ROM of about 40 Chinese smartphones. And you can not do much about it.
        It would be difficult for us to advise you to install an antivirus on Android – the best is to adopt a healthy practice of the smartphone and not to accept any permission or install applications that seem shady, especially outside Google Play. But Dr.Web, a Russian company specializing in software protection solutions, has the merit of monitoring the industry and its practices, sometimes unconscious.
At the beginning of March, Dr.Web communicates about one of his discoveries: a malware named Android.Triada was spotted in about 40 smartphones produced by Chinese manufacturers – we met some at the MWC. Problem: The malware, in this case Android.Triada.231, is preinstalled at the root of the operating system, which prevents it from being removed with a simple maintenance operation.
The family of trojan has the ability to disable the protections of most antivirus (practical), but also to send SMS or intercept them when they are received by users. Android.Triada.231 can also launch applications in the background or downloads – often other malware. According to Dr. Web, the malware was installed in particular by Leagoo who trusted a software partner without asking too much about the features installed on his ROM.

If you have one of the smartphones involved, you can not do much. The solution evoked by Dr. Web is to ask for a clean ROM from Android to the manufacturer – to say that it is lost. The second solution is to install Dr. Web who can manage to clean the ROMs if he has root rights – but do you really want to give full access to your machine, with superadministrative rights, to a publisher? 'anti-virus ? This is not a particularly recommended practice.
The best is to make conscious purchases when it comes to smartphones and keep a critical eye on the beautiful offers related to telephony, especially on models from China. Our smartphone buying guide is designed to help you avoid these worries.
List of smartphones infected by the trojan
Dr.Web specifies that the list is not exhaustive.
Leagoo M5
Leagoo M5 Plus
Leagoo M5 Edge
Leagoo M8
Leagoo M8 Pro
Leagoo Z5C
Leagoo T1 Plus
Leagoo Z3C
Leagoo Z1C
Leagoo M9
ARK Benefit M8
Zopo Speed ​​7 Plus
Doogee X5 Max
Doogee X5 Max Pro
Doogee Shoot 1
Doogee Shoot 2
Tecno W2
Homtom HT16
Umi London
Kiano Elegance 5.1
iLife Fivo Lite
Mito A39
Vertex Impress InTouch 4G
Vertex Impress Genius
myPhone Hammer Energy
Advan S5E NXT
Advan S4Z
Advan i5E
Tesla SP6.2
Cubot Rainbow
Haier T51
Cherry Mobile Flare S5
Cherry Mobile Flare J2S
Cherry Mobile Flare P1
Pelitt T1 PLUS
Prestigio Grace M5 LTE
BQ 5510




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