Android Phones Loaded With Secret Backdoor Beamed Texts And Contacts To Chinese Mothership

Android Phones Loaded With Secret Backdoor Beamed Texts And Contacts To Chinese Mothership

by Brandon Hill, HotHardWare

When you purchase a brand new Android smartphone, you hope that you won’t have to deal with malware that is spying on you at every turn. To protect yourself, you might avoid side-loading apps or only download seemingly trusted apps from the Google Play Store.

However, what if you do everything right and are still put at risk through no fault of your own? That’s exactly what’s happening thanks to a software backdoor that has been installed on a multitude of budget Android devices.

Security firm Kryptowire discovered that a number of Android smartphones have software installed that allows sensitive personal information to be transmitted without the owner’s consent. The scope of the personal information that was leeched is staggering, and includes text messages, call history, contact lists, and phone numbers. In addition, IMSI and IMEI unique device identifiers were also obtained.

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