Android Smartphones Are Being Delivered With Spyware Built In

There is a reason why Android has not yet been able to gain corporate acceptance with BYOD and such. And that is security. The platform is far too open, far too susceptible to all manners of threats.

So much so that there are reports that Android smartphones are being sold to consumers with spyware already baked in — as in malicious software preloaded onto these handsets.

In fact, the spyware is disguised as the Play Store app that cannot be removed, as it is integrated deeply into the firmware of the device.

Security vendors G DATA discovered this threat in the N9500 Androids smartphone manufactured by a Chinese company that goes by the name of Star. Rich, very rich!

The spyware intercepts and send all sorts of personal data to an unknown address in the country, including banking details, text messages, and calls. And it even controls the camera and microphone of the device. The threat is named Android.Trojan.Uupay.D, and it runs in the background:


And in case you were wondering, this is not the first such case.

Kaspersky reported a similar threat this year, in March, with malware that also went by the name of Uupay. It operated in pretty much the same way, with the only difference being that it was preinstalled as DataService, which is another ingenious name to hide such malicious code.

No wonder companies are flocking towards Windows Phone solutions for maximum piece of mind.

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