There counterfeiting it is a dangerous phenomenon not only for the economy, but also for security. It has always been said of all counterfeit products, from clothes to food, and it also applies to electronic devices. In fact, there is no lack of counterfeit smartphones which appear to be products of well-known brands but which, in reality, are not at all. Inside some of these smartphones “fake“Dangers have been found virus.
The cyber security company Dr.Web found them, within four models “fake“of Chinese phones. All phones scanned showed similar characteristicswith well-placed malware blatantly Before to sell the phone. Therefore, these would not be fake cheap smartphones that were infected after the sale: on the contrary, the phones were sold with the virus pre-installed. Virus, among other things, also quite dangerous since, by attacking the WhatsApp profile, it can be used to spy on the user thoroughly. In short: what Dr.Web discovered is not good news at all and it must do us open your eyes even more when buying a new phone.
Infected phones, suspicious phones
In July, several Dr.Web customers contacted the company complaining strange behaviors from their phones Android. Looking at some of these phones, a lot of interesting information came up.
First of all, they were all smartphones imitations of very famous models. Inside them, however, they all had Android 4.4.2, a very old version of Google’s operating system. Whoever installed that operating system, however, knows very well that it is no longer sure why no longer receives monthly security patches.
And, in fact, on all the smartphones analyzed, always in the system partition, viruses have been found. The presence of the virus in the system partition allows the code, among other things, to boot together with the phone and resist removal attempts.
All this, put together, suggests a real one campaign in progress to spread some viruses, with very low-cost smartphones that act as bait for the user. Dr.Web claims to have found fake phones with names like
- shave notes 8
As it is easy to guess, these are imitations of well-known models Huawei And Redmi-Xiaomi.
WhatsApp profile at risk
From the analysis of the cyber security company it emerged that the true goal of the campaign is steal WhatsApp profiles of those who buy and use such phones.
The malware pre-installed in smartphones are, in fact, gods trojan that execute arbitrary code in messaging apps Whatsapp And WhatsApp Business and can potentially be used in a variety of attack scenarios. These include chat interception and the theft of confidential information.
But not only that: by accessing the user’s profile and his contacts, these malware can be used to make big money spam campaigns and various scamsby sending WhatsApp messages to all contacts found.
How to defend yourself
What Dr.Web unfortunately does not tell us, and should tell us instead, is where they were bought counterfeit and infected phones. Knowing this, in fact, would help potential buyers to avoid risks.
However, it is clear, normal and legitimate that many users are looking on the market for very cheap phones because they simply cannot often spend a lot on a smartphone. We must therefore pay close attention to where and what you buy, comparing the product received with the official images of the phone that it should be.
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