And many more in prior years.

2014

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2104760/preinstalled-malware-turns-up-on-new-phones.html

CoolReaper pre-installed malware creates backdoor on Chinese …


On Mar 16, 2017, at 1:51 PM, Steve Crossman <steve@...> wrote:

OLD NEWS 

2015

26 Top Smartphone Models Come With Pre-installed Spyware

DEC 2016 



According to a new report by the security firm G Data, OEMs are selling Android phones loaded with spyware in the firmware. These phone manufacturers include top companies like Xiaomu, Lenovo and Huawei. More than 26 models from these reputed phone makers (and others) had pre-installed spyware in the device firmware.


On Mar 16, 2017, at 1:37 PM, Brian S <fblistserve@...> wrote:


Steve wrote:

But this isn’t really new.  The Google Play store is filled with malware/trojan ware crap

The new part is malware was apparently pre-installed at the factory BEFORE the user had a chance to infect themselves.




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