Chinese Smartphone Brands Pre-installed Malware Stolen User’s Data And Money

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Smartphones of Chinese companies are popular due to their strong specifications at low prices and they also have a large market share in India. Chinese smartphone brands in india like Xiaomi and Realme are the most liked in the budgeted range. However, a new report may raise concern for Chinese smartphone users. It has been revealed that the company pre-installed malware in the smartphones of a Chinese brand and with its help, users’ data and money were being stolen.

Currently, questions are being raised on the Chinese brand Tecno, which the Transsion Holdings Company offers. Two more brands of the company, Itel and Infinix make entry-level budget phones. Techno and Infinix are both popular chinese smartphone brands in India and their second major market is Africa. Investigations by mobile security service Secure-D and BuzzFeed have revealed that the company’s devices have pre-installed malware.

Malware Attacks In Mobile

It has been revealed that two pre-installed malware xHelper and Triada have been found in the Tecno W2 smartphone of the brand. With their help, the app can be downloaded and installed on the device without the user knowing and paid services can be subscribed. A user of this smartphone found that a lot of his data was being spent and he got a subscription message of a service without knowing it, even though the user had never signed up for that service.

Company Admitted Mistake

Later it was also confirmed that Triada and xHelper malware are present in Tecno W2 phone. According to Buzzfeed’s report, the company blamed the supply chain vendors for this. The company says that it is not getting any profit from pre-installed malware. However, details of how many smartphones are affected due to malware, the company did not shared yet.

Malware In These Brand Too

According to Secure-D, its security system has blocked 844,000 fraud transactions. These transactions were carried out between March and December last year with the help of pre-installed malware in cheap smartphones. The security firm said that Alcatel’s phones of TCL Technology have also found pre-installed malware. However, this company does not make phones in India and is popular in Brazil-Myanmar.