It is well known that convenience breeds attack vectors in tech, and this is all the more true when considering cheap hardware. Unfortunately, the consequences of cheap devices often comes at the expense of security. Pre-installed Triada and xhelper malware have so far carried out a total of 19.2 million suspicious transactions from over 200,000 used or newly purchased phones.
According to HackRead, and Upsteam’s security platform, Chinese the manufacturer, Transsion manufactures low-cost Android smartphones riddled with pre-installed malware that enlists oblivious users on subscription services without their knowledge or permission. security researchers intercepted fraudulent mobile transactions and activity in 14 other locations. But this is just the blip on the radar, the malware riddled handsets ensued transactions of total 19.2 million recorded from over 200,000 unique devices originating from both used or newly purchased phones.
Triada malware basically acts as a software backdoor. It also has the capability to purport malicious code after receiving commands from the remote control server. In-depth analysis by researchers revealed that the Triada also downloaded a second malware called xhelper. The latter unknowingly ensues components that ensue click or subscription fraud campaigns. In this case, xhelper was discovered on 53,000 Transsion’s Tecno W2 smartphones.
As technology becomes more advanced it will also become cheaper. However, it is up to consumers to ensure that they do not compromise on security, even at the sake of cheap tech.