A malware Trojan called Triada has infected more than forty Android models, according to Russian cybersecurity outfit Doctor Web. Furthermore, it appears that the highly sophisticated bug is installed into the Android firmware during the manufacturing process – so each device is already spiked before the user even purchases it.
The hard-to-detect malware, which has been spreading across Android devices over the past nine months, allows a nefarious actor to steal data without the owner’s knowledge.
Doctor Web has notified manufacturers of the compromised equipment. Fortunately, users can expunge Triada by rooting their Android device and manually deleting the malicious software. The full IB Times article lists all known models that have so far been infected.