Some Alcatel phones were pre-installed with an app that carried malware

A weather app developed by TCL that was pre-installed on some of their handsets, and offered for Android users on the Google Play Store, was found to contain malware that sent personal data to a server in China, and tried to subscribe to premium phone numbers.
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4 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2223; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Alan, how can you write "the app was developed by Chinese phone manufacturer TCL", and then later write " And while there is no evidence that TCL is responsible"? That's a complete contradiction IMO, unless I'm reading it wrong...

3. Alan01

Posts: 560; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

There is no concrete evidence linking TCL with the malware even though it developed the app. Alan

2. markusinfinite

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

Expected.

4. cjslman

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

TCL is going to have a hard time explaining this... but I do find it very strange that a company as important/big as TCL would jeopardize their reputation on this kind of malware stuff.