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How concerned should I be about this?


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RebelGamer137

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https://www.zdnet.co...sold-in-the-us/

 

 

I was sent this link by a friend.


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Anyone using this device should probably start looking for an alternative.


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I would say that anyone that has the phone as part of the government subsidy for low income families should get it replaced.

 

Excerpt from the link: "

Low-end smartphones sold to Americans with low-income via a government-subsidized program contain unremovable malware, security firm Malware bytes said today in a report.

The smartphone model is Unimax (UMX) U686CL, a low-end Android-based smartphone made in China and sold by Assurance Wireless, a cell phone service provider part of the Virgin Mobile group.

The telco sells cell phones part of Lifeline, a government program that subsidizes phone service for low-income Americans.

"In late 2019, we saw several complaints in our support system from users with a government-issued phone reporting that some of its pre-installed apps were malicious," Malwarebytes said in a report published today.

The company said it purchased a UMX U686CL smartphone and analyzed it to confirm the reports it was receiving."


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