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Pre-Installed Malware Detected in Range of Android Devices


Check Point, a cyber-security firm based in Israel, has detected the malware which isn't downloaded as a result of users' use, but it is already was present in the Android phones.


ndtv.com posted on March 15th, 2017, stating a blog posted by a company last week, that pre-installed malware got detected in 38 Android phones including Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 4,
Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy A5, Asus ZenFone 2, ZTE x500, Lenovo A850, Lenovo S90 and LG G4.


Although this should be cleared that all the models of devices stated above are not affected. "According to the findings, the malware were already present on the devices even before the users received them," as per the blog post of Check Point which announced the discovery.


As per the company, malicious apps are not included in official ROM that was supplied by vendor and these are added somewhere along supply chain. Users could not remove the malware in the devices' ROM; and hence, the devices were re-flashed.


Ransomware enables hackers to lock the user out of its device, and thus restoring proper functionality in return of the money. The Check Point research team found that Slocker was one pre-installed malware, the mobile ransomware which encrypt all the files on device with the help of AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption algorithm and then demand ransom money in exchange of decryption key.


The report also reveals: "pre-installed malware compromise the security even of the most careful users." Moreover, a user receiving device already with the malware will unable to found any change in activity of the device that often happens after the malware got installed. Pre-installed malwares are able to have complete control of device.

As per the cyber security firm, Loki Malware is the most prominent rough adnet targeting he devices. The cyber security firm added that the complex malware operates with the help of numerous different components; each having its own functionality and responsibility to achieve the malicious goal of the malware.


However, the users can safeguard themselves by downloading and then running the malware scanner as soon as they fire up their new phone.

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