Exclamation Pre-installed Uupay.A/Uupay.D spyware on some Chinese phones

Heise (German publisher of various computer related magazines) has just put up an article about the Chinese Star N9500 Android smartphone coming pre-loaded with a trojan called Uupay.D, that will try to harvest your personal information on the phone and may even try to send costly SMS to premium numbers.

link to the article translated into English

link to article in German

I just checked my shiny new iNew/Alps i7000 with ESET Mobile Security and sure enough, it has the Uupay.A trojan apparently macerating as Google Play service.


- Sony Xperia Mini Pro (Mango/SK17i), running Kit Kat (PAC-man ROM 4.4 Alpha 1)
- iNew I7000 MTK6589 Quad Core phone with stock Android 4.2

Mobile Internet via Three UK and email/contacts/calendar via Google Apps.