Android Phone Models Shipped with Pre-Installed Spyware

Android Phone Models Shipped with Pre-Installed Spyware


The pre-installed spyware, disguised in popular Android apps such as Facebook and Google Drive, cannot be removed without unlocking the phone since it resides inside the phone's firmware.
Spyware Capabilities
The spyware is capable of doing the following actions:
Listening in to telephone conversations
Accessing the Internet
Viewing and copy contacts
Installing unwanted apps
Asking for location data
Taking and copying images
Recording conversations using the microphone
Sending and reading SMS/MMS
Disabling Anti-Virus software
Listening in to chats via messaging services (Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, Facebook and Google+)
Reading the browser history
Affected Brands
The affected Smartphone brands include Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, Alps, ConCorde, DJC, Sesonn and Xido. Most of the suspected models are sold in Asia and Europe.

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