Viruses? Nah, better. Cheap chinese android phones hide malware from the start

Well, this is new for 2016.. Apparently this is a new direction they’re taking. Instead of trying to get you to install spyware/adware/whateverware apps, the new kids on the block made a deal with the smartphone producers themselves, to embed their crap directly into the operating system. No wonder Google Pixel will be so darn desired, besides the latest IPhone.. Long story short, I bought a phone online, not from the chinese market directly but through the best and most “honest” and top choice local (read international, even, as in not chinese) online store (not named here because I want my thing solved, not them to get punished, though…) and luckily for me I don’t have any sort of data plan otherwise the malware would have made me really angry. After installing Malwarebytes, I got me a boo-boo: Xinyinhe spyware. Android/PUP.Adware.Xinyinhe to be more precise. And it was (an’ still is, because I won’t root before I get me money back) exactly under system apps, impossible to remove without root. There. Brand new phone from Doogee, sporting Android 6. Wireless updates? Oh yeah. Did nothing. Second wireless update? Malware hidden. So well, Malwarebytes won’t detect, but I managed to get my hands on a firewall/logger – guess what: SystemUI now somehow makes bloody connections to chinese servers. Gonna dig some more into this because I’m really, really, pissed off.

Post Scriptum: How do I know it was embedded in the rom? Gee, let’s see.. They have rom-s free for download from the official site. And gee, I wonder if you can guess what a scan of one of those found… Bloody wankers..

Advertisements

10 ways to fail in life (with sarcasm and booze)

               I have to write this down, before I forget it. Why? Because I imagine that I will. You know what makes or breaks everybody even before they give it a try? Imagination. They don’t picture themselves as if they’ve succeeded. So here’s to number one on the list: Continue reading

Breaking barriers

               Oh look, free travel in Europe breaks down and everybody’s got their knickers in a twist. Why? It’s logical, you know. It’s because we’re led by idiots who think common sense and obeying the laws are myths. All it takes is a couple of countries to play hard to get and we’re in the shitter. God forbid we’d use the laws we already have to make Europe safe, it’s easier to blame encryption for the rise of terrorism and refugee crimes. Nobody saw this coming? Yeah, right. I mean, Greece is already in the red economically speaking and we’re expecting them to house a few million refugees on top of that? And other countries are still debating the refugee quota, building walls around their borders and “temporarily” suspending Schengen on account of mass migration. Gee, three cheers for them. Continue reading

Do I have to?

               I’ve been thinking, again, which is bad on so many levels, because I’m usually on the wrong side of the equation and people somehow seem to think disagreeing with me is a sure sign for a future Nobel prize. I think, but what comes out of my mouth might (well, I could say it’s a sure thing but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here) not necessarily be in the politically correct phrasing therefore people get offended and I get confused. I’m not a people person, I know that. I’m walking that small line between idiocy and genius, where the only thing that keeps you on either side is how you say things. The argument is actually irrelevant to this, as the question that’s been keeping me up at night these past few days is: “Do I have to take sides?” Continue reading

I wonder why

               Things could be better for Europe, these days. Of course, they could be worse but who’s counting? I am, actually. Iceland defaulted 2008-2009. Ireland is bailed out in 2010. Portugal is bailed out in 2011, Greece hides by using creative wording to cover up a selective bailout, Slovakia is bailed out and Italy’s using Berlusconi to his limit (it is called misdirection, if you know what I mean). Spain makes rude gestures at the rest of Europe in 2012, Cyprus is bailed out the first time. Cyprus is bailed out the second time around in 2013 and tests the waters for the rest of Europe – it becomes the first time a government legally steals money from average citizen’s bank accounts to save the banks – even if those people receive shares at those banks in return of the seized deposits. Of course, Laiki Bank still goes under. In 2014, Portugal’s largest bank goes kablooey, Ukraine begins a one-sided war (because either they’re fighting ghosts or the Soviet Union’s lying to people – which might not be a first to them) and Greece starts an economic free-for-all by dissolving its parliament. 2015 starts badly, as the Swiss cuts their economy at the knees, temporarily, by free-floating its franc, then Greece elects you-know-who to do you-know-what, which then ends not surprisingly exactly as I told you it’ll end (hint, in a bailout if you don’t care to click links). And now the refugees are storming in, making average citizens afraid of their own shadows. Did I leave anything out? Continue reading