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Malware Discovered To be Pre-Installed On Thousands Of New Android Smartphones

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Malware Discovered To be Pre-Installed On Thousands Of New Android Smartphones: Czech based anti-virus company, Avast Threat labs has discovered a pre-installed hidden malware inside brand new smartphones. They reported that the affected devices include products from major players like ZTE, MediaTek, Archos, and Prestigio. Other small brands are also affected by the malware but they have a low number of monthly users.

Avast also said the cheap devices discovered with the malware are not certified by Google. The ad-related malware or adware discovered in the affected Android devices is not a new one to security experts and analysts. It’s called Cosiloon and was first detected in 20016 by Russian anti-malware company Dr. Web. According to Avast, the malware is active since then because no countermeasures were taken by smartphone manufacturers or firmware developers to avoid it. Which is one of the reasons that the malware has found its way into newer models whereas other malware has already been wiped from updated software.

Malware Discovered To be Pre-Installed On Thousands Of New Android Smartphones
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What does this Cosiloon malware do? Being an adware it forcefully shows pop-up ads on smartphone’s default web browser leading users to download malware virus full apps, which automatically downloads more apps into your smartphone.

Avast has already informed Google about the matter and are in close coordination to tackle this malware. Developers at Google has started working on the firmware to permanently solve this problem. Meanwhile, Google is also working on mitigations to secure Google Play Store as they have been working on revamping whole Play Store to free it from viruses and malware apps.

Avast also pointed out that not all the devices from international brands ZTE, Archos, and Prestigio are affected by this adware. The detailed list of Cosiloon affected devices is given below:

Note: This list contains only devices that had more than 10 unique users in last month. There are about 800 more device types that had a non-considerable number of users so the list excludes them. The list is sorted by the number of users detected.

Malware Discovered To be Pre-Installed On Thousands Of New Android Smartphones

ManufacturerModelCertified build?
meomeo_tablet_2no
ztezte e10qno
oysterst72hm3gno
archosbush 10″ androidcertified
prestigiopmt3408_4gcertified
mediacomm-mp1s2a3gno
telefunkentel-1013giqano
prestigiopmt3508_4gcertified
archosarchos 80c xenoncertified
archosarchos 101b xenon v2certified
e1031h1ctpc-xte10dno
alpsnb75no
archosbush 8 androidno
archosbush spira b1 10.1″no
oysterst72hms_3gcertified
navonnavon platinum 10 3gno
elinktz709no
prestoprestono
e1031h2ccalltab10.1no
hipstreet8dtb38no
alpstab 302 3gno
manufacturertgw801lcertified
archosarchos 70b heliumcertified
elinktab 311 3gno
mediacomm-mp7s2b3gno
tgw710gtgw710gno
ztee8qpno
ztee10tlno
archosbush spira b1 8″no
alpsnb85no
alpsx110/3gno
irbistx97no
elinktab 302n 3gno
irbistz85no
alpsfusion5no
alpsnb105no
prestigiopmt3608_4gcertified
irbisirbis tz56no
alpscx9008no
mediacom_smartpads2m-mp7s2b3gno
digmaoptima 10.6 3g tt1006mgno
alpsjk103 3gno
manufacturertgw102lcertified
alpsteslano
alpssupra m72kgno
blaupunktdiscovery 111cno
digmaoptima s10.0 3g tt1010mgno
alpsatlantis 1010ano
mediacomm-mp1s4a4gno
alpssupernova i3gno
condortgw801gcertified
mediacomm-mp1s2a4gno
global distribution fzel1001 4gno
elinke706no
digmaplane e8.1 3g ps8081mgno
archosarchos 70b neoncertified
elinktpc-xte8dno
navonnavon predator 3gno
auchanq4s6in4gno
alpsgen6010no
dltablet dl 2805no
auchans3t10in3gno
digmaoptima 10.5 3g tt1005mgno
digmaplane 9.7 3g ps9770mgno
elinknb85no
mediacomm-mp7s2a4gno
plumz709no
alpstouch 10.1 3g v2.0no
archosarchos 80b helium v2no
lenoxxtb-3100no
irbistz70no
digmaplane e10.1 3g ps1010mgno
explayhitcertified
alpsnb74no
alpsmitab_seattleno
alpswinnovo_m798no
imobilhd7 3gno
irbistx58no
e1031l1cs10q-3gno
elinkevo k410ino
explaytornado3gno
captivacaptiva pad 10 3g kommunikatorno
beelinebeeline tab fastno
irbistz21no
ztee8tlno
irbistz13no
allviewax4nano_pluscertified
alpshsg1297no
e1k6h1c1u81-dno
xwavexpad m9 3gno
alpsnetworkno
mlsiq1310_64no
alpsetab m7023gno
mlsiq1809no
gocleverquantum_1010mno
alpstpc-xte7dno
u63yu63yno
elinkm7certified
digmahit 4g ht7074mlno
ztee8q+no
alpsmt-104qno
auchanq4t8inno
prestigiopmt3418_4geno
alpshorizon h70-gno
mlsiq1020bno
dexpursus a110no
elinkec713no
alcorq111mno
haierg700no
alpsa6 revolutionno
elinktpc-xte7dno
alpstpc-xte7dwno
woldermitab_arizonano
ztee7tno
elinkm7043gno
alps[email protected] 1008gno
fluowave 4gno
alpsmid3x10pjno
irbistz14no
premiertab-5994-16g3gno
alpsgen610no
alpselink8735b_6tb_mno
e1031h2cpo10359taq-10223gno
prolechwhitetab10.4hd 3gno
alpstechpad10qcno
captivacaptiva pad 10 3g prono
irbistz18no
utokhello 10qno
alpspro gpno
ztemflogin4no
irbistz82no
alpsa739no
oysterst104mbi_3gno
blowblow blacktab10 3gno
odysneo6_lteno
elinkrubik 10.1 iino
telenortelenorno
digmaoptima d10.4 3g tt1002mgno
alpssupra m12cgno
sensationsensationcertified
elinkmotioncertified

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