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Android Phones in Europe Compromised from the Factory

posted Jun 19, 2014, 6:37 AM by Craig Cox   [ updated Jun 19, 2014, 6:38 AM ]
Although this has so far been detected only in Europe, it's a caution for US buyers offered a bargain on Android phones in the future.  From the link:

"The affected model "N9500" is produced by the Chinese manufacturer Star and looks very similar to a smartphone from a well-known manufacturer."
"Users can use G DATA Internet Security for Android, which detects the malware as Android.Trojan.Uupay.D, to find out whether their own device is affected."

Full article here.

The advice, short of simply advocating total avoidance of Android phones, is:
  • Beware of too-good-to-be-true pricing.
  • Don't buy a Star product.
  • When you get a new phone, install antivirus first and scan the phone.  Only start putting personal info on after the device is known-clean.
  • Keep antivirus on the phone (and all devices that support it) throughout the life of the device.