Expert Reaction On Pre-Installed, Unremoveable Malware Found On US Government-funded Phones

In response to reports that a US–funded mobile carrier that offers phones via the Lifeline Assistance program is selling mobile devices pre-installed with malicious applications, cybersecurity expert offers perspective.


EXPERTS COMMENTS
Erich Kron, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
January 10, 2020
The surprising and unfortunate thing here is the response to Malwarebytes when presented with the findings.
Whether Assurance was aware of the malware when procuring the phones or not, this certainly illustrates the increasing concerns around supply chain management and the complexity behind it. Quite often manufacturers do not write all of the software needed to run the devices, but instead license software from other providers or the manufacturers of the chips themselves. This makes ensuring all of th ....
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