31 Jul Low-End Android Phones Found with Pre-installed Triada Trojan Malware
Russian cybersecurity firm researchers from Dr. Web were reported on Friday to have found Triada Trojan malware that’s pre-programmed in low-end Android phones such as the Nomu S10 and S20, and the Leagoo M8 and M5 Plus.
Though a cause for alarm, the researchers noted that not all units were compromised. They suspect it might be a manufacturing supply defect that affected just a few users.
The Triada is said to have emerged in 2016 as a banking trojan, which later on evolved into a data-stealing malware that could collect browser history and even install new apps into a device. This poses a serious data security and privacy threat for users.
Similar incidents can be traced to smartphone providers Ragentek and Adups, both caught selling malware infected phones. Their reputations were tarnished due to irresponsible third-party contractors.
To date, the Triada Trojan is said to also affect a number of high-end phones in the market.