Cheap Android phones are okay to use but may carry security risks


Almost a month ago, we learned of a Chinese spyware that was plaguing over 700 million smartphones. This spyware was able to read text messages, contact lists, location data, and then was being shared with servers in China. Now, a new vulnerability has been discovered in low-cost Android phones which may download and install apps you’ve never heard of.


According to a blog post published by antivirus provider, Doctor Web, there are at least 26 different smartphones that have some sketchy software preinstalled. The software named Android.DownLoader.473.origin, can download various applications, including apps which can infect devices.

The problem with the software is that whenever a user goes to uninstall the application, it quickly reinstalls and reappears on your device. Many of the affected devices come from manufacturers we have never heard of, but that doesn’t mean that you should just shrug this off.

Here’s a list of the 26 affected devices:

  • MegaFon Login 4 LTE
  • Irbis TZ85
  • Irbis TX97
  • Irbis TZ43
  • Bravis NB85
  • Bravis NB105
  • SUPRA M729G
  • SUPRA V2N10
  • Pixus Touch 7.85 3G
  • Itell K3300
  • General Satellite GS700
  • Digma Plane 9.7 3G
  • Nomi C07000
  • Prestigio MultiPad Wize 3021 3G
  • Prestigio MultiPad PMT5001 3G
  • Optima 10.1 3G TT1040MG
  • Marshal ME-711
  • 7 MID
  • Explay Imperium 8
  • Perfeo 9032_3G
  • Ritmix RMD-1121
  • Oysters T72HM 3G
  • Irbis tz70
  • Irbis tz56
  • Jeka JK103

There is another type of malware making its rounds on the Lenovo A319 and Lenovo A6000 which comes encrypted on the devices. This downloader, named Android.Sprovider.7, essentially downloads various files to your device and when acted upon, will make phone calls on your device or show ads on top of other applications.

This finding is nowhere near as large as the one that was found last month, but it still iterates the fact that these smaller OEMs don’t keep your security in mind when releasing devices. Of course, if money talks, then there’s not much else you can do, but be sure to do your research before purchasing budget smartphones.

[Doctor Web]


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