Got a phone made by Samsung, Huawei, Honor, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo and GIONEE? Check for malware

Found 19th Mar…wei

Android fans have been warned after an "aggressive" form of malware was found to have infected almost five million devices.

The malicious software has been dubbed RottenSys and it disguises itself as a tool to help manage Wi-Fi connections.

But instead of doing that, the malware asks for sensitive Android permissions like silent download permission and accessibility service permission.

Security experts Check Point said the malware could have entered devices during the supplier chain process.

They said devices that could be affected were made by Samsung, Huawei, Honor, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo and GIONEE.

Check Point added that all infected devices were distributed by an outsourced mobile phone supply chain distributor called Tian Pai that's based in China...

To check if your Android device is infected with the RottenSys malware, head to the Android system settings.

Then, Check Point advised, go to the App Manager and check for the following malware packages and uninstall them:

• android.yellowcalendarz

• changmi.launcher


• system.service.zdsgt
Community Updates
Any tips for removing the Chinese Government spyware from the Chinese phones?
Another article (from 14 March 2018; five days ago) by the organisation that uncovered the exploit with technical details (if that interests you):

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Playstore app.. Menu.. Play protect... It's a new feature added from Google to scan devices for harmful software. I'm sure one of these days something will actually happen and many will get caught out but so far don't know anyone that has. Also I listen to security podcasts and they have never actually reported any known hacks that have caused problems with devices. They do explain what the problems are though and what's been done to fix.. All very interesting...
Edited by: "wayners" 19th Mar
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