Malware that cannot be uninstalled by the end user is being pre-loaded onto some cheap Android smartphones.
The malware is pre-loaded into the system directory of the handsets at an unknown point within the supply chain.
This malware cannot be removed by antimalware software or the end user.
The handsets affected are devices from third-tier manufacturers selling smartphones to developing countries. According to security firm LookOut the following handsets are affected:
The main countries affected by the malware currently are Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Nigeria, Taiwan and China.