G Data Software Incorporated released their second quarter two thousand fifteen malware report yesterday September first. Their security researchers found pre-installed malware from companies such as Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi. These smartphones running Android operating system have spyware already installed.
However, these security researchers believe that this spyware is being installed by middle men and not original manufacturers. Around twenty six model smartphones are infected. Also, these middle men install spyware to steal user data and run their own advertisements.
Christian Geschkat, a G DATA Mobile Solutions Product Manager is quoted as saying:
An estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide use a smartphone or tablet to go online. Chatting, surfing and shopping are possible anytime, anywhere thanks to smartphones and tablets. At the same time, the number of mobile malware apps has sharply increased in the past three years. Over the past year we have seen a significant increase in devices that are equipped with firmware-level spyware and malware out of the box which can take a wide range of unwanted and unknown actions including accessing the Internet, read and send text messages, install apps, access contact lists, obtain location data and more – all which can do detrimental damage.
G Data saw an increase of twenty five percent from first quarter of two thousand fifteen when finding pre-installed malware on these smartphones. This company has found as many malware applications in first two quarters of two thousand fifteen then almost all of two thousand thirteen. G Data projects that over two million malware applications will be detected for the entire two thousand fifteen year.
You can read G Data Software Incorported’s Mobile Malware report for second quarter of two thousand fifteen. Also, you can download and read this more comprehensive mobile malware report in .pdf format. Finally, you can checkout industry tested anti-virus software for your android device, and which some of them are free.