Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Jun 2014 08:51 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

A Chinese no-name Galaxy S4 knock-off allegedly comes pre-loaded with spyware:

For the first time ever, the experts at the German security vendor have discovered a smartphone that comes with extensive spyware straight from the factory. The malware is disguised as the Google Play Store and is part of the pre-installed Android apps. The spyware runs in the background and cannot be detected by users. Unbeknownst to the user, the smartphone sends personal data to a server located in China and is able to covertly install additional applications.

The news comes from a security firm, so take it with a grain of salt, but still - this is exactly the kind of stuff legitimate Chinese manufacturers really do not want.

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I'm not surprised...
by BushLin on Thu 19th Jun 2014 15:59 UTC
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There is spyware loaded onto every Android phone, you can see it phoning home all the time sending out encrypted sensitive information after collecting from every app present on the phone.

I believe security researchers have named the infection "Play Store" or "Google Play".

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