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Preloaded Malware on Android devices – Warns Google.

Millions of new android devices carrying harmful malware are being purchased. The malware supporting apps on the Play Store is a completely different story. This case is all about the apps that are presently preinstalled and have the ability to run conspiracy in the background of your device leading to loss of vital information, fraud or privacy threat and can even make the matter worse with the loss of your device.

 The report comes from the Google Security team through Forbes which exposes the fact on its true light that Android Open Source Community which is great as a space for innovation is also the breeding platform for thousands of such malware fixed into basic software. The apps put up covers of high rated services and neutral functioning which hides the actual theory of malfunction underneath.

Mentioned by Forbes, Google’s Maddie Stone, a security researcher with the company’s Project Zero, shared her team’s findings at Black Hat on Thursday.

“If malware or security issues come as preinstalled apps, then the damage it can do is greater, and that’s why we need so much reviewing, auditing, and analysis.” 

For an attacker only has to convince one company to include their app, rather than thousands of users. The Google team has not disclosed any details of the brands of phones involved in the practice but it can be estimated that more than 200 device manufacturers have preinstalled malware that enables them to remotely attack the devices.

Of greatest concern are “two virulent malware campaigns” by name;  Chamois and Triada. Chamois displays various flavors of ad fraud, installs background apps, downloads plugins and can even send premium-rate text messages. Chamois alone was found to have come installed on 7.4 million devices. Triada is an older variant of malware, one that also displays ads and installs apps.

The action has higher repercussions on  Android’s Open-Source Project (AOSP), which stands as a lower-cost alternative to the bigger version. AOSP is generally installed on lower-cost smartphones where cheaper software alternatives help to keep the device price down. This denotes that owners of Android-badged devices such as those from Samsung and Google itself are immune to this particular risk.

Several precautions become mandatory to follow when it comes to installing apps from any unnamed or unverified source. The Apps that provide recurring ads and fraud suspicious action should be kept at bay from installation and should be installed if previously present. One can disable unnecessary apps if the uninstallation is not favored.

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Nina Young

Nina is a tech enthusiast, a programmer, and a Chess player who lives in New Jersey. She deeply believes that technology now has the capability to shape the future of people if used in the right direction.

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