Popular cheap Chinese smartphone found to contain extensive spying software

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Popular cheap Chinese smartphone found to contain extensive spying software

On a cheap copy of the Samsung Galaxy S4 factory installed spy software has been discovered that can copy all the personal data of the user and eavesdrop on calls. (translated from German)

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Security researchers from G Data have discovered pre-installed malicious code in the firmware of smartphones Star N9500. The Trojan allows to spy on the user of the mobile phone comprising: personal data can be copied without restriction and conversations are overheard. Also, the microphone can be switched arbitrarily from afar and turns the phone on command into a bug. The Star N9500 ​​is an affordable copy of the Samsung Galaxy S4, which is marketed at various online retailers for 130 to 165 euros worldwide.

In studies by test purchases the device, the researchers from G Data discovered on the Trojan Uupay.D, posing as Google Play service and the user of the mobile phone spying unnoticed. Thus, the malicious code appears to be factory installed. In addition, the researchers found that the Trojan can be difficult to remove because it is part of the firmware of the device.

G Data even suspected that the low price of the device is to be made up for by the sale of personal information. With the tapped data but criminals can steal bank details and outsmart security mechanisms such as mTAN. The user can also be located and asked with premium SMS to the checkout. The app G Data Internet Security for Android can discover the pest affected devices should no longer be used.

G Data explains, the Star N9500 ​​is the first discovered smartphone that "comes from the factory with an extensive espionage program". However, there are signs that the Uupay-Trojan is already longer preinstalled on devices. Back in March, reported a security researcher from Kaspersky fact that a Chinese company called Goohi offers a device that can preinstall a fee on their smartphones with the manufacturer Android apps. According to Kaspersky was on some phones that were treated with the Goohi device, the Trojan Uupay.A found - this seems to be a precursor of malicious code found on the Star smartphone and has similar interception. So Goohi to have picked up, among other connection information.

In October last year heise Security found a Windows Trojan on a base smartphone from the company E-Plus. The virus was most likely landed somewhere in the manufacturing process on the pre-installed SD card of the device.

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By netchicken: posted on 15-6-2014








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