Friday, December 26, 2014

Android Coolpad devices bundled with backdoor

Coolpad - an Android based smartphones are equipped with a backdoor from the manufacturer. Obviously the idea is not only to give user preferences advertisement, but also install applications without the knowledge of users. Coolpad devices have a strong user base in China and Taiwan. Security researchers of Palo Alto Networks, discovers a security flaw in the backend management interface that uncover the backdoor's control system. According to Ryan Olson, intelligence director at Palo Alto, the CoolReaper backdoor is not only responsible for connecting to various C&C servers, but can also download, install and even activate any Android application without the user's permission. <more>

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