Two Enterprises Discover an Unwelcome Surprise

Malware found preinstalled on enterprise devices.

Two unnamed enterprises have discovered an unwelcome surprise on 38 of their devices. An outbreak of malware. This may not seem too unusual, as we all know employees will often do things which result in device infection. What’s unusual about this outbreak though, is that this was not the fault of the employees. This malware was found to have been preinstalled on the devices before they ever reached the employees hands.

It is not known whether two companies, one a large telecommunications company, and the other, a multinational technology company, were specifically targeted, or were just unlucky.

What’s frightening, is that it is unknown where the actual infection of these devices took place. The infections are not part of the initial install of the software from the OEM. The infections had to occur at some point within the supply chain, before the devices ended up in their current homes.

The affected devices included:

  • Galaxy Note 2
  • LG G4
  • Galaxy S7
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy Note 8
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
  • Galaxy A5
  • ZTE x500
  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Note Edge
  • Galaxy Tab S2
  • Galaxy Tab 2
  • Oppo N3
  • vivo X6 plus
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 5X
  • Asus Zenfone 2
  • LenovoS90
  • OppoR7 plus
  • Xiaomi Redmi
  • Lenovo A850

While the malware found was primarily info stealers and advertising apps, one of the infections found on these devices was the frightening Loki malware. This is not a malware you’d wish to fall victim to. Luckily, BlackBerry Android users can rest easy as Loki operates by gaining root access to the device, which of course cannot be done on a BlackBerry Android.

Enterprises already have a hard time keeping their devices safe once they’re in the hands of the employees. What happens when they can’t even ensure that fresh devices are clean when they originally purchase them? Each of these cases just furthers the proof that BlackBerry devices and services are needed in today’s environment.

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