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5/25/2018
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Android Malware Comes Baked into Some New Tablets, Phones

Ad-loading malware is being built into the firmware and operating system of some new tablets and phones from three major manufacturers.

Malware could be one of the features of your fancy new Android tablet. According to researchers at Avast, this malware isn't just pre-loaded: it's fully baked in.

Some phones and tablets from ZTE, Archos, and myPhone are coming with malware called Cosiloon pre-installed. It's an ad loader, and while it loads ads rather than steals information, it's also impossible to fully eradicate since it's built into the firmware of the infected devices.

There are two "dropper" apps that load ads over Web pages or games. One of the droppers is built into the firmware of the devices while the other is completely integrated into the operating system. Once active, they download ad presentation software that is highly sophisticated and thoroughly obfuscated, making the entire operation impossible to eradicate and very difficult to mitigate.

Avast found the malware on more than 18,000 devices in more than 100 countries. Most of the devices affected are not certified by Google, which is looking into remedies. Google said that as long as the malware is built into the firmware, there's really very little it can do.

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ebyjeeby
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ebyjeeby,
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5/30/2018 | 7:18:15 PM
Google can't do anything about it?
stop licensing the OS to them
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/30/2018 | 7:09:26 PM
18K devices
Avast found the malware on more than 18,000 devices in more than 100 countries. It does no seems that many devices. But too many countries obviously.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/30/2018 | 7:07:50 PM
dropper
There are two "dropper" apps that load ads over Web pages or games. One of the droppers is built into the firmware of the devices while the other is completely integrated into the operating system Maybe Android should nor this much open, obviously they can do whatever they want in the OS level.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/30/2018 | 7:04:34 PM
Re: Recall/Return
So much so that if a recall hasn't been offered I would look towards returning the device Good advice. No need to deal with firmware problems, there are tons of good devices.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/30/2018 | 7:02:23 PM
Re: Recall/Return
As an Android user I would be extremely perturbed at baking this into the firmware. Agree. Firmware is hard to deal with. Why dont we go with Google devices, pixcel seems great.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/30/2018 | 7:00:22 PM
ZTE?
ZTE again. We keep hearing this name a lot these days. :))
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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5/29/2018 | 9:07:02 AM
Recall/Return
As an Android user I would be extremely perturbed at baking this into the firmware. So much so that if a recall hasn't been offered I would look towards returning the device. It's unacceptable.
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