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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Cheap Chinese Smartphone Carries Built-in Malware

Cheap Chinese Smartphone Carries Built-in Malware

Cheap Chinese Smartphone Carries Built-in Malware

Added: Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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Star N9500, a Chinese Android smartphone, which can be bought on Amazon, eBay and from other online retailers, has been found to contain a built-in trojan that pretends to be the Google Play Store. The smartphone closely resembles Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and is manufactured in China. The device is sold online through resellers in Belfast and Hong Kong.

The virus, known as “Uupay.D”, pretends to be the Google Play Store and comes pre-installed on the device, so that the user can’t remove it. One of the German security companies analyzed the smartphone purchased directly from the factory in China.

The trojan steals personal data from the device and sends it to an anonymous server in China. Moreover, it can install additional apps or malware without your knowledge. The experts admit that the options with this spy malware are almost unlimited. Users see nothing else than an app with the Google Play Store icon in the running processes. The malware allows the criminals to track your location, intercept and record phone calls, make purchases and send text messages. Finally, it could be used to break into online banking and similar services.

In the meantime, users are likely to be oblivious to the fact that their cheap and cool device could be stealing their information and live its own life, rating the smartphone five stars on Amazon and other online stores. You can buy Star N9500 across Europe two or three times cheaper than comparable devices from other manufacturers. Of course, the device has sold in the hundreds.

The security experts think that the low price of a device is a criminal tactic to entice users. The criminals may make money from the sale of stolen personal information. In is unclear at what stage the malware is introduced, but the buyers should beware in any case. Although very cheap offers online must make buyers suspicious, for some reason they don’t.

The statistics say that Android accounted for 97% of the malware targeted at mobile devices in 2013, which shows an increase of 20% from 2012. However, the Google Play Store, which is pre-installed on all Google Android devices, can only be blamed for 0.1% of the malware, because the majority of malware is downloaded by the users from third-party app stores like Chinese Baidu and Anzhi. Why do people go there? Just because access to Google Play is restricted in the country.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2014-06-23 16:33:28)
Tonybigguns avatarNo big surprise. Everyday people download apps that ask for everything possible and the "sheep" click OK INSTALL.

I'm one of the dumbasses that read the small print and the permissions request. If an app needs more permissions I uninstall it. I wish I could get rid of that Facebook app. It has got to be the worst one out there.


posted by (2014-06-23 18:55:26)
Raptor5 avatarCustom filmware...root your device remove apps that way. Simple.

posted by (2014-06-23 18:56:32)
No avatarsucked in to all the stupid people out there...people are just phone junkies...you all deserve everything you get...

posted by (2014-06-23 22:13:10)
No avatar@Raptor Simple? Where or who makes custom firmware and a rootkit for that model phone. The simple thing would be don't buy that phone.@antman39 I hear you. I have a $15 phone and it does every thing a phone is supposed. It makes phone calls!

posted by (2014-06-24 03:04:26)
TeryongNoypi avatarStar N9500 sucks! I hope China's policy is NOT into the promotion of cyber crime.....

posted by Site FriendET lover (2014-06-24 04:26:56)
vimzin avatarthats why its called cheap

posted by (2014-06-24 04:59:23)
BlasphemyMc avatarThere's a reason quality comes @ a price. They've been selling this crap on Ebay for years. Do they come with dual sim card slots still?

posted by men (2014-06-24 05:37:37)
ZerlindaX avatarNothing new. I try to avoid buying "Made In China" merchandise,
but it's getting harder and harder cause 80% of US companies
either closing or selling out and moving to China. Even most
of Apple's Iphones and mac computers being manufacturer in
China under poor working conditions.

What really scares me, next we'll be eating our foods imported
from China and possible dog meats which they love eating. Time
to run to the hills, lol

posted by (2014-06-24 12:15:18)
No avatarLol, define malware? Apple and Android have backdoors for big bro, and you can assume everything else that you didnt build yourself does too.

All I see here is china is selling cheaper phones than the west, and big businesses only defence is that THEY'RE NOT SECURE... lol.

No networked device is secure. Welcome to the 21st century.

posted by (2014-06-24 13:48:16)
buma129 avatari agree with Exar_Kun

posted by Site FriendET lover (2014-06-24 15:25:32)
vimzin avatarlol ZerlindaX

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