Malware found on second Vodafone HTC Magic

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  1. DaveSW macrumors 6502

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    YIKES! careful Android users. too many malwares being found on Android phones.


    http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20000676-245.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0
     
  2. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    This is a repost and we already rip it to shreads in this thread http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=875811

    The virus does not infect the phone. it also been determined it was a returned phone since the SD card is larger than it should be and the virus is a virus that the iPhone would spread just as quickly.

    Btw I did not even have to go back the first page to find the original thread.
     
  3. DaveSW thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No this is NOT a repost.

    This is the SECOND time malware was found on Android phones.

    Read the article first before commenting.
     
  4. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Read threw it looks like the exact same BS from the first one.

    it is a return phone that they turned around and sold as new. The virus on it is spread by plugging the phone into an infect PC. Now it puts that lovely little autorun thing on it and spreads to the next computer it is connected to.

    Guess what you mighty little iPhone has the exact same problem. If it is plugged into an infect PC it will spread it.

    This screams a Vodafone issue of them reselling infect phones. It on the same network as the last one it tells me that the problem is local to a carrier and the carrier needs to clean up its act. That and I see several other questionable things in the story. you have A guy who happens to work at a security firm. Both of which names are not released. Lots of red flags and press banging going on.
     
  5. DaveSW thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is more likely to happen on the Android than the iPhone.

    proof? the iPhone outnumbers Android phones 100000000 to 1 yet there are FAR more malware/security issues being reported about the Android.
     
  6. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    Because due to the fact Apple has more users, they have more money to spend on malware prevention.
     
  7. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    What? LOL
     
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    1. Guy buys Android phone from Vodafone
    2. Guy infects Android phone with virus
    3. Guy returns a now used phone to Vodafone
    4. Vodafone sells the clearly used phone as new

    The problem is with Vodafone, not Android.
     
  10. DaveSW thread starter macrumors 6502

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    it was a brand new phone.
     
  11. yg17 macrumors G5

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    So was the first instance of this, but it wasn't actually brand new, it was a returned phone that Vodafone repackaged and sold as brand new. If it hadn't been for the virus, no one would've ever known it was used :rolleyes:
     
  12. dejo Moderator

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    Yeah, the big problem I see here is Vodafone selling a used phone as brand new. Refurbished? That's okay. Brand new? Isn't that fraud? :confused:
     
  13. DaveSW thread starter macrumors 6502

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    doesn't matter if it's brand new or not.

    the point is, these types of things are more likely to happen on Android phones than on iPhones.


    Android the "open" platform: malwares are welcome!
     
  14. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    You really do not understand how that malware works.

    The malware that was found on those phones flash memory is a common one that is spread plugging any thing that acts like a flash drive (iPhone included) into an infected computer. Then plugging that infected device into a no infected computer and it spreads.

    It is a trogan that uses Autoplay to spread.

    Yep that is a problem with Vodafone doing that. This mess is bring to light that they are selling Refurbished/Return items as new.

    Android phones flash memory in the phones is to start with makes it easier to spread. Based on what I see of Apple they have a much tighter control over how returns are handled and they (the carriers) are very afraid to piss off the All Might Apple god by reselling refurbish returned items as new. Hell I would not be surprised to find out that the Vodafone are from authorized resellers and not Vodafone themselves.
     
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