There is a flood of Android malware that those who just pretend iPhones can't defend: malicious apps pre-installed, according to a Black Hat presentation by Google Project Zero scientist Maddie Stone.
John E Dunn for Naked Security:
It starts with the large number of apps that now come with Android devices out of the box – somewhere between 100 and 400.
Criminals just need to undermine one of these, which has become a particular issue for cheaper smartphones using Android Open Source Platform (AOSP) as opposed to the licensed & # 39; share & # 39; The Google version that strengthens well-known brands.
She cited several cases that occurred while doing her old job in Google's Android Security team, including an SMS and click fraud bot called Chamois that managed to infect at least 21million devices from 2016 onwards.
The malicious software behind it proved more difficult to defeat than expected, in par t because in March 2018, the company realized that in the case of 7.4 million units the infection was pre-installed in the supply chain.
MacDailyNews Take: The toxic hell loop roars unabated. Google's "Android Security" team is a comic oxymoron up there with "Microsoft Works."
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “theloniousMac” for the heads up.]