The Android ecosystem continues to be targeted by criminals who are looking to distribute malware. Notably cheaper Android smartphones are being targeted by this trend, which is quite troublesome. Any device that comes with customer downloading software should be avoided, or at least, have the tools removed. All these proprietary downloaders do is infect devices with various types of malware.
Malicious Android Downloaders Are A Threat
When people buy a cheaper Android device (either a smartphone or tablet) they may have noticed that these machines often come with a lot of pre-installed software. In most cases all this does is to slow down the system, but there are other aspects to take note of as well. New research indicates that this pre-installed software can be used to infect devices with malware.
Cheaper Android devices, produced by Irbis, Supra, Prestigio, and even Lenovo, often come loaded with pre-installed software–not that there’s anything wrong with that, as most tools can be removed with relative ease. Unfortunately, there is one tool in particular that stands out among the rest, and it has some very nasty habits.
Android Downloader 473.origin, as identified by Dr. Web, is always attempting to connect with a central command-and-control server. Once this connection is established, the tool will download and install a pre-programmed set of software. In most cases, various types of malware will be installed on the Android device itself.
One of the possible types of malware that can be installed is Adware Adbox. This type of software has been causing quite a few headaches for security experts. After all, this tool displays advertisements on top of running applications, attempting to trick users into clicking on them. This is not a fun experience for any user, and can even lead to more malware being downloaded as a result.
Another type of malware discovered by Dr. Web is called Android Sprovider 7. This particular software is capable of a lot of mischief, including calling random phone numbers and installing other applications without user permission. It is also capable of visiting websites, tricking advertisers into paying for useless internet traffic.
This is not the first attack that has affected Android devices, nor will it be the last. This common mobile operating system has the largest market share, and it is a prime target for hackers and other online criminals. The fact that even two of Lenovo’s devices are affected is not a positive development by any means.
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