Even if your users careful about not picking up malware, they could still be infected. That’s because many attackers are loading the devices with viruses and spyware before users even power them on for the first time.
In this case, the malware was discovered on low-cost Android devices mostly manufactured by Russian companies. According to Bleeping Computer, the brands included:
MegaFon Login 4 LTE
Pixus Touch 7.85 3G
General Satellite GS700
Digma Plane 9.7 3G
Prestigio MultiPad Wize 3021 3G
Prestigio MultiPad PMT5001 3G
Optima 10.1 3G TT1040MG
Explay Imperium 8
Oysters T72HM 3G
Chances are none of these devices are in your users’ hands. In fact, you’ve probably never heard about any of the brands. But in a way, that’s the point.
Beware of the free and cheap
The cost barrier to owning a smartphone or tablet has never been lower. Companies can now start giving the things away as promotional items or conference giveaways.
But the suppliers along the chain who have the devices before they wind up in users’s hands can install all kinds of nasty spyware and malware before the point they get to you. Make sure your users are aware of these dangers by telling them to:
- Check the brand name. If they haven’t heard of a device manufacturer, there could be a good reason for it. Always check reviews on a device before purchasing to be sure it’s actually a bargain and not a vehicle for malware.
- Refuse devices they don’t need. A free tablet may sound great, but you usually get what you pay for. And not paying anything means they might expect some pretty sneaky stuff.
- Keep operating systems up to date. This is often easier said than done, but having the most recent version of the OS is a good way to make sure that the latest threats are recognized and blocked.