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The U.S. Government funded smartphones which come with pre-installed malware

A U.S. Government-funded smartphone comes with pre-installed malware, researchers at Malwarebytes have discovered. The malware can't be removed without rendering the device unusable. The smartphone in question is the UMX U683CL and is sold as part of Virgin Mobile's Assurance Wireless program. This is a federal Lifeline Assistance program. Founded by the FCC in 1985, Lifeline...

Google partners with ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium to improve Play Protect’s detection of malware before it hits the Play Store

The Google Play Store is the central point of app distribution on Google's Android, enabling thousands of developers to distribute their apps to millions of users around the world. This high traffic medium thus becomes a lucrative channel for bad actors to propagate their own malware. Google realized the potential of abuse, and so, at...

[Update 2: Back in Play Store] CamScanner app caught injecting malware on Android devices

If you are someone who frequently works around text documents, you very likely have used CamScanner in the past, or are using it in the present. CamScanner has been around the very early days of Android, presenting itself as a solution to use the camera on your smartphone as a document scanner. The app allows...

Samsung Galaxy S10 will have McAfee pre-installed for “anti-malware protection”

In a move that is bound to raise eyebrows, McAfee has announced at MWC 2019 that it is extending its partnership with Samsung to pre-install anti-malware protection powered by McAfee VirusScan onto the Samsung Galaxy S10. McAfee has partnered with Samsung previously, allowing the software security company to pre-install "anti-malware protection powered by McAfee VirusScan" onto...

Every Android device is susceptible to a hardware vulnerability called RAMpage

We have consistently seen various vectors of attack rear their head when it comes to Android smartphones. We've seen Shattered Trust, Cloak and Dagger, and Rowhammer, just to name a few. RAMpage is the latest one on the block, and while it is a hardware vulnerability, it doesn't necessarily need physical access to your device...

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Devices are being Infected with Cryptocurrency Malware

Several users in our forums have reported that their Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick devices have suddenly become very slow to use. This sudden slowdown coincides with the appearance of an app simply called "test" that keeps popping up randomly. Not only is the popup annoying, but it also causes video playback...

“AdultSwine” Play Store Malware Shows Pornography in Games for Kids

Researchers at Check Point have discovered new malware hidden in about 60 games and applications on the Google Play Store. It's dubbed "AdultSwine", and it displays pornographic advertisements, entices users to install fake security applications, and tries to make users sign up for premium services. The infected apps, which are mostly aimed at children, have been downloaded...

Fake WhatsApp Updater on the Google Play Store was Downloaded Over 1 Million Times, Served Malware Through Ads

The Google Play Store is a little more open than its competition, such as the iOS App Store. With the uploading of applications being so cheap, a free SDK to work from and a very high application acceptance rate, the Google Play Store is much more attractive to indie developers. This further opens the platform,...

ExpensiveWall is the Latest Type of Malware Spotted in the Play Store

Google puts a lot of work into making sure our smartphones, tablets, wearables and set-top boxes are as secure as possible. But it's virtually impossible for any software platform to stay 100% secure and this is especially true when it's used by 80% of the global smartphone market. We've seen the Play Store hit with...

Report: Researchers Find an Average of ~8,400 Pieces of Android Malware Every Day

Being the most dominant platform in any market means there are going to be a lot of malicious actors targeting Android with malware. We've seen this happen with Windows over the years, and now more people are targeting Android than ever before due to how many people are using it. Some reports peg Android's global...

Security Analysts Identify a Trojan that Quietly Purchase Apps, a Rootkit that takes over your Device, and Ransomware that Locks your Device

For the average user on our forums, you are probably safe from most malicious threats to your device. After all, you are more likely to be running on the latest Android version with the latest security patches thanks to the effort of developers on our forums. Furthermore, you are likely more conscious of what permissions...

Gooligan Malware Compromises More than a Million Google Accounts on Android

Security is an important aspect of Android. Due to the sheer number and variety of devices, making an OS flexible enough to run on all hardware choices and fulfill varied customer needs, while still maintaining bullet-proof security, is a very difficult task. While Google is hard at work enhancing the overall security of Android, new vulnerabilities...