United States government-funded phones come pre-installed with unremovable malware

A subsidized cellular service for poor Americans sells a cheap smartphone. It contains malware ex factory.

The Chinese cheap smartphone UMX U683CL from Unimax Communications is already on the market. This model is sold by Assurance Wireless, a subsidiary of the US mobile phone company Sprint. Source @ Malwarebytes LABS

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I discovered this “less fortunate people” device issue: what better opportunity to promote the spread of / e / ?

Here’s some - hopefully useful - resources:

  1. Root: https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general/umx-u683cl-root-tutorial-t4006847
  2. TWRP: https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general/umx-u683cl-twrp-t4006993
  3. Stock ROM: https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general/umx-u683cl-stock-rom-t4009001

© arstechnica | US provider Sprint / Virgin Mobile says:

Malwarebytes said it notified Assurance Wireless of its findings and asked why the phone it sells comes with preinstalled malware. So far, no one has responded. In an email, Sprint officials told me: “We are aware of this issue and are in touch with the device manufacturer Unimax to understand the root cause, however, after our initial testing we do not believe the applications described in the media are malware.”