Malware-Infected Devices Sold Through Major Retailers


Human Security has revealed a crucial way of monetization used by a sophisticated cyber-criminal activity. This scheme involved the sale of backdoored off-brand mobile and CTV (Connected TV) Android devices through large merchants, which were sourced from Chinese repackaging factories. During the supply chain process in China, the BADBOX scheme installs the Triada virus as a “backdoor” on numerous devices such as CTV boxes, cellphones, and tablets.

More than 74,000 Android-based mobile phones, tablets, and CTV boxes were found to be infected by Human’s Satori Threat Intelligence and Research Team. Technically, infected devices can collect personally identifiable information (PII), create bogus messaging and email accounts, and engage in a variety of fraudulent actions. BADBOX-infected devices remain vulnerable even after a factory reset

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