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Android warning - these phones come loaded with malware out the box, are you affected?   

users have been put on alert after malware was found pre-installed on hundreds of phones straight out of the box.

The adware, dubbed Cosiloon, was discovered by researchers from cybersecurity firm Avast.

Security experts said the malware was found on hundreds of Android phones with owners in the UK, US, Germany, Italy and Russia among those affected.

The adware creates an overlay to display an annoying advert over a webpage within the users' browser.

Thousands of smartphone owners are affected - in the past month alone Avast discovered the Cosiloon adware on around 18,000 devices.

Avast reported the findings of their research to Google who have "taken steps to mitigate the malicious capabilities of many app variants on several device models, using internally developed techniques."

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2J8izAN

Published on May 27, 2018 by Paul Illingworth

 

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