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CoolReaper, a Backdoor in million Coolpad Android devices

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Palo Alto Networks discovered that the software installed on many of Coolpad high-end Android phones includes a CoolReaper backdoor.

The US security firm Palo Alto Networks have discovered that millions of Android smartphones commercialized by the Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad Group Ltd. may contain a “backdoor”, dubbedCoolReaper,that allows the tracking of the users.

Palo Alto Networks has released yesterday aresearch paperWednesday to provide the details on the investigation on the CoolReaper backdoor.

The backdoor does much more, it could be exploited to push unwanted pop-up advertisements and install unauthorized apps onto users’ mobile device.The backdoor CoolReaper allows theattackers to gain complete control of Android device.

Coolpad customers have reported suspicious activities related to the presence of the backdoor, but complaints were ignored by the company. The impact could be really serious, more than10 million users worldwide are menaced by the presence...(continued)

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