A security researcher at Google shared a finding that preinstalled apps that contained dangerous malware were found on Android phones, according to Forbes. The risks were found to be installed on Android’s Open-Source Project (AOSP) which is a lower-cost alternative to assist in keeping costs down. The installation on the AOSP also revealed that Android-badged devices like Samsung and Google were safe from the found risk.
“If malware or security issues come as preinstalled apps, then the damage it can do is greater,” said Maddie Stone, a security researcher with Google’s Project Zero. “Due to this finding, we need so much reviewing, auditing and analysis,” she continued. New Android phones can have as many as 400 apps preinstalled by the factory that many purchasers of the phone may tend to ignore. Although Google’s team did not share the details of the exact brands that were impacted by the find, they did share that more than 200 device manufacturers were found guilty of having malware that could be attacked remotely.