Chinese phone maker denies handset in Lifeline program came with preinstalled malware

CNET | 1/17/2020 | Staff
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Malwarebytes Labs said it received reports of the malware problems in October.

The Chinese manufacturer of phones provided to low-income families in the US as part of a federal program says its devices don't come with malware already installed. This comes a week after a report from an anti-malware software company said the phones contained two malicious pieces of software that required several steps to remove.

Unimax - Maker - UMX - U683CL - Statement

Unimax, the maker of the UMX U683CL, released a statement Thursday regarding the phone mentioned in a blog post from Malwarebytes Labs on Jan. 9. It examined the handset and found no malicious software installed.

"After investigating this issue, Unimax Communications has determined that the applications described in the posting are not malware," the company said. "In reviewing these applications, however, Unimax Communications has determined that there may be a potential vulnerability in the Settings App library. Because of this, Unimax Communications has updated software to correct the potential vulnerability. To Unimax Communications' knowledge, no customer data has been compromised."

Report - Budget - Android - Phone - Assurance

The report about the budget Android phone, which is provided by Sprint-owned Assurance Wireless as part of the US government's Lifeline Assistance program, found two pieces of malware suspected of being of Chinese origin. Malwarebytes Labs said...
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