List Of Android Devices Found Containing CIA Malware – Your News Wire

A list of malware infected Android devices has been released, after a commercial scanner found instances of malware preinstalled on 38 devices. 

The find comes just days after WikiLeaks revealed that the CIA routinely hacked smartphones, infecting them with Malware in order to spy on the American public.

According to a blog published on Friday by Check Point Software Technologies, malicious code was found preinstalled on various Android devices that had not be put there by the original phone manufacturers.

Marygreeley.com reports:

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.

“This finding proves that, even if a user is extremely careful, never clicks a malicious link, or downloads a fishy app, he can still be infected by malware without even knowing it,” Check Point Mobile Threat Researcher Daniel Padon told Ars. “This should be a concern for all mobile users.”

Most of the malicious apps were info stealers and programs that displayed ads on the phones. One malicious ad-display app, dubbed “Loki,” gains powerful system privileges on the devices it infects. Another app was a mobile ransomware title known as “Slocker,” which uses Tor to conceal the identity of its operators.

The infected devices included:

  • Galaxy Note 2
  • LG G4
  • Galaxy S7
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy Note 8
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
  • Galaxy A5
  • ZTE x500
  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Note Edge
  • Galaxy Tab S2
  • Galaxy Tab 2
  • Oppo N3
  • vivo X6 plus
  • Asus Zenfone 2
  • LenovoS90
  • OppoR7 plus
  • Xiaomi Redmi
  • Lenovo A850

Check Point didn’t disclose the names of the companies that owned the infected phones. Update: Monday, 3/13/2017, 6:16 Pacific Time: An earlier version of the Check Point blog post included Nexus 5 and Nexus 5x, but those models were removed without explanation in an update made over the weekend…

Source: List Of Android Devices Found Containing CIA Malware – Your News Wire

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