Shift made by hackers can affect those buying new Android phones


During last week’s Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Google’s Maddie Stone warned (via Forbes) those attending about the dangers inherent in pre-installed apps. Stone, a security researcher with the tech giant’s Project Zero, pointed out that malicious actors are moving to the supply chain. She said, “If malware or security issues come as preinstalled apps, then the damage it can do is greater, and that’s why we need so much reviewing, auditing, and analysis.” Why is this move potentially more harmful to Android users? Because the attackers “only have to convince one company to include …

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