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Spyware Found On Chinese-Made Smartphone
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Randy Naramore
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Randy Naramore,
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6/20/2014 | 11:22:32 AM
Re: In the words of Captain Renault ...
I'm with you, no one should be shocked by this news.
securityaffairs
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securityaffairs,
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6/20/2014 | 6:52:32 AM
Re: An Act of Cyber Terrorism?
Unfortunately there are many other similar cases, and motivation behind the incidents are different, from commercial intents to cyber espionage.

In April the Chinese TV station, CCTV, reported some cases where the Android Smartphones were compromised by pre-installed malware before selling them on to unwitting customers. The Smartphone supply chain was compromised by a pre-installed malware called DataService.

The real problem is that majority of mobile users still ignores principal cuber threats to their devices and doesn't use any defensive solution ... be aware cybercrime know this and in the next months will exploit mobile platforms even more, also compromising supply chain.

http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/25829/malware/android-pre-installed-malware.html

http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/23591/malware/pre-installed-malware-on-android.html
RetiredUser
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6/19/2014 | 6:45:44 PM
An Act of Cyber Terrorism?
It's an interesting case because the product is complete from top to bottom, suggesting either the manufacturer knew about the malware, or their development team/contractor/sub-contractor is responsible.  I seem to remember a couple similar cases out of China and Russia regarding fully manufactured products containing spyware, and it begs the question whether this is actually a case of terrorism.  It would be a solid model, selling electronic devices primed for spying out into the American marketplace and then determining which devices will bring the most value based upon owner and placement.  I don't think cases like this should be taken lightly and a full investigation should be done, resulting in the culprits getting shut down.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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6/19/2014 | 6:12:00 PM
Re: In the words of Captain Renault ...
Yeah, no big shocker here, @Lorna. This isn't the first case, nor will it be the last. 
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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6/19/2014 | 10:13:50 AM
In the words of Captain Renault ...
I'm shocked, shocked to find that spyware is going on in here [said no one ever]



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