BuzzFeed finds Chinese smartphones with preinstalled malware stealing money

BuzzFeed’s security service – Secure-D – found preinstalled malware in Tecno and Infinix smartphone brands offered by China-based Transsion Holding. The two malware – xHelper and Triada – automatically installed apps into users’ smartphones and also subscribed to paid services without users’ permission. Tecno and Infinix are quite popular in India and Africa.  In response, Transsion did confirm the malware but blamed supply chain vendors for it.

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