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Kaspersky Discovers Triada – A Mobile Trojan

4 March 2016 – Kaspersky Lab experts have detected Triada, a new Trojan targeting Android devices that can be compared to Windows-based malware in terms of its complexity. It is stealthy, modular, persistent and written by very professional cybercriminals.

Devices running the Android 4.4.4 and earlier versions of the Android OS are at greatest risk.

According to the recent Kaspersky Lab research on Mobile Virusology, nearly half of the top 20 Trojans in 2015 were malicious programs with the ability to gain super-user access rights. Super-user privileges give cybercriminals the rights to install applications on the phone without the user’s knowledge.

This type of malware propagates through applications that users download/install from untrusted sources. These apps can sometimes be found in the official Google Play app store, masquerading as a game or entertainment application. They can also be installed during an update of existing popular applications and, and are occasionally pre-installed on the mobile device. Those at greatest risk include devices running 4.4.4. and earlier versions of the Android OS.

There are 11 known mobile Trojan families that use root privileges. Three of them – Ztorg, Gorpo and Leech – act in cooperation with each other. Devices infected with these Trojans usually organize themselves into a network, creating a sort of advertising botnet that threat actors can use to install different kinds of adware. But that’s not all…

Shortly after rooting on the device, the above-mentioned Trojans download and install a backdoor. This then downloads and activates two modules that have the ability to download, install and launch applications.

The application loader and its installation modules refer to different types of Trojans, but all of them have been added to our antivirus databases under a common name – Triada.


Getting Into The Parental Android Process

A distinguishing feature of this malware is the use of Zygote – the parent of the application process on an Android device – that contains system libraries and frameworks used by every application installed on the device. In other words, it’s a demon whose purpose is to launch Android applications.

[adrotate banner=”4″]This is a standard app process that works for every newly installed application. It means that as soon as the Trojan gets into the system, it becomes part of the app process and will be pre-installed into any application launching on the device and can even change the logic of the application’s operations.

This is the first time technology like this has been seen in the wild. Prior to this a Trojan using Zygote was only known of as a proof-of-concept.

The stealth capabilities of this malware are very advanced. After getting into the user’s device Triada implements in nearly every working process and continues to exist in the short-term memory. This makes it almost impossible to detect and delete using antimalware solutions. Triada operates silently, meaning that all malicious activities are hidden both from the user and from other applications.

The complexity of the Triada Trojan’s functionality proves the fact that very professional cybercriminals, with a deep understanding of the targeted mobile platform, are behind this malware.


Triada’s Business Model

The Triada Trojan can modify outgoing SMS messages sent by other applications. This is now a major functionality of the malware. When a user is making in-app purchases via SMS for Android games, fraudsters are likely to modify the outgoing SMS so that they receive the money instead of the game developers.

“The Triada of Ztrog, Gorpo and Leech marks a new stage in the evolution of Android-based threats. They are the first widespread malware with the potential to escalate their privileges on most devices. The majority of users attacked by the Trojans were located in Russia, India and Ukraine as well as APAC countries. It is hard to underestimate the threat of a malicious application gaining root access to a device.

Their main threat, as the example of Triada shows, is in the fact that they provide access to the device for much more advanced and dangerous malicious applications. They also have a well-thought-out architecture developed by cybercriminals who have deep knowledge of the target mobile platform,” said Nikita Buchka. Junior Malware Analyst, Kaspersky Lab.

As it is nearly impossible to uninstall this malware from a device, users face two options to get rid of it. This first is to “root” their device and delete the malicious applications manually. The second option is to jailbreak the Android system on the device.


Kaspersky Lab Products Detect Triada Trojan Components As :

  • Trojan-Downloader.AndroidOS.Triada.a
  • Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.Triada.a
  • Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Triada.a
  • Backdoor.AndroidOS.Triada.


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OPPO F1 “Selfie Expert” Smartphone Revealed

January 21st, 2016 — OPPO F1, the first product of the newly announced F series, is now being introduced to the Malaysian market alongside its selfie ambassador, Nora Danish. Dubbed the “Selfie Expert”, F1 features a standout 8MP front-facing camera, a sophisticated photography platform, and powerful software specially designed to make capturing stunning selfies a breeze, all backed by OPPO’s spectacular build quality and design.

Introducing F1 to the Malaysian market, William Fang, Chief-Executive-Officer of OPPO Electronics said: “F1 is a selfie camera phone that we have tailored made for our local customers. It is a strategic decision for us to move our focus to a selfie-centric smartphone but we are confident that this selfie camera phone is going to be a hit in the midrange market as it is not only attractive with its extraordinary camera that assisted by selfie-focus software and hardware, its premium design, well-rounded internal builds that promises a sharper, steadier and longer lasting performance and with an irresistible price tag.”

“F1 is designed especially for selfie-lovers who can now skip all the hassle in putting on a full makeup and still look effortlessly, naturally beautiful. We are extremely thrilled to have our lovely Nora on board with us as the face of this new selfie savvy phone because Nora is truly a trend setter in mastering the art of selfies. In fact, her successful lifestyle has attracted more than 20 thousand fan ‘likes’ on Instagram on average per selfie. Her beauty, social savviness, expertise in her work and humble personality are values which are align with OPPO’s brand,” said Chen Lu, Brand Manager of OPPO Electronics


OPPO F1 – Tailored For Selfie Supremacy

The OPPO F1 features an 8MP front-facing camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture lens and a 1/4-inch sensor, allowing for 44% more light to enter the camera than an f/2.4 aperture lens, and resulting in shots that are 30% clearer than ones taken with an ordinary 5 MP front-facing camera. The F1 also offers OPPO’s ‘Beautify 3.0’ that removes blemishes, highlights a subject’s features and includes 3 different beautify modes along with 8 filters.

Meanwhile, to make snapping selfies in low-light conditions a seamless experience, F1 users can turn on the patented ‘Screen Flash’ feature to ensure natural-looking shots. With Screen Flash, faces will always come through bright, clear and natural. In addition, the OPPO F1 can snap selfies using hand gestures and spoken commands. By opening a palm in front of the camera, or simply by saying “Cheese!” users can activate an automatic selfie with an adjustable countdown.

Snappy performance is one more key factor in the F1’s outstanding user experience. The F1 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 series Octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM, which can be expanded by 128GB, providing abundant space for photo storage and ensuring multitasking fluency.

In addition to the outstanding selfie features, the F1 also offers a great overall photography experience. The F1 sports a 13 MP rear camera with an ISOCELL sensor for reducing pixel noise. The camera also features phase detection autofocus (PDAF), delivering a focus time of just 0.1 seconds, equivalent to the performance of an SLR camera. Meanwhile, the anti-shake optimization feature enables the camera to automatically select the clearest image from a huge buffer of image data the moment the shutter button is pressed.

The camera is backed by OPPO’s own Pure Image 2.0+ camera platform, offering a huge range of filters and plug-ins for everyone from the aspiring photographer to the meme-making savant. Users can also experiment with Ultra-HD, which creates 50 MP photos composed of four consecutive photos, or other eye-popping features like Super Macro, HDR, Double Exposure, Slow Shutter, Super GIF and more.


OPPO F1 – Born for beauty

OPPO believes beautiful photos need a beautiful phone to match. The 60-degree angles of the F1’s two eye-catching chamfered edges are the result of precise calculations and numerous rounds of testing to ensure an unbeatable hand feel without skimping on any of the visual impact.

Meanwhile, the OPPO’s designers scoured three countries in search of the finest aluminum alloy for the back panel. After putting the Japanese material they chose through close to 40 polishing procedures, the designers were able to make good on their vision of giving the F1 a texture like “metal silk”.

The F1 has a 5-inch display and is a mere 7.25 mm thick. Its thinness, together with its slight 134-gram weight, assures that the phone feels just right. With its 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 Screen, twice as strong as ordinary glass, the OPPO F1 is extra scratch-resistant, making for a phone that’s both durable and attractive to the touch.

Next Page : User Experience, Specifications, Price & Availability

Best user experience ever

OPPO is improving its user experience all the time. And the new F1, with its featherweight price and heavy-hitting features, carries it forward again, bringing a snappy, fluid and stylish device to everyone.

With OPPO’s ColorOS 2.1, based on Android 5.1 and optimized for efficient use with the F1’s powerful battery, users can snap great photos non-stop. ColorOS is defined by efficiency and fun. With Screen Self-refresh technology, ColorOS allows the F1 to automatically adjust the screen refresh frequency to maximize battery life.

Other features include three-mode eye protection, app encryption, a security center suite, background clean-up for improved efficiency, data and energy saving, screen-off and screen-on command gestures, long screenshot, and simple mode, which is ideal for users of any age and past technology experience.

Phenomenal Dirac HD Sound is also in full effect on the OPPO F1. Providing high-fidelity stereo sound output for both earphones and speakers, Dirac HD Sound gives users an immersive, premium listening experience, regardless of which music player or app they use to jam out.


OPPO F1 Specifications

SpecificationsOPPO F1 Smartphone
Display5.0" IPS display
- 720 x 1280 resolution
- 294 PPI pixel density
Protection2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with ColorOS 2.1
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 616
- 8 x ARM Cortex-A53 processors
- Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU
Storage16 GB internal flash storage
Upgradable to 128 GB via micro SD card
ConnectivityGSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
FDD 1/3/5/7/8/20/28
TDD 38/39/40/41
SIM SupportDual SIM Dual Standby
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear Camera13 MP sensor
Audio SupportGlobally-applied Dirac HD Sound
Battery2,500 mAh lithium-ion
Dimensions71 mm wide
143.5 mm tall
7.25 mm thick
Weight134 g (with battery)


Availability & Price

[adrotate banner=”4″]The OPPO F1 “Selfie Expert” smartphone has a recommended retail price of RM 1,198 (~US$ 279).

Online purchases for the device start immediately on 22nd of January 2016 at 00:00:00am on OPPOStore.com.my. The first 200 customers on OPPOStore.com.my for the F1 will come bundled with a free OPPO Selfie Stick.

Customers who prefer to check out the OPPO F1 before they make their purchase, please take note that the OPPO F1 will be available for offline sales starting from 25th January 2016.


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Alcatel One Touch Flash Mini Now On Sale At Lazada!

The Alcatel One Touch Flash Mini smartphone is now available on Lazada for a low, LOW price of just RM 189 (~US$ 44)! This is a 14% discount off its list price of RM 219 (~US$ 51). On top of that, you get to stack it with Lazada coupon codes, if you have any.

At this price point, you would expect the Alcatel One Touch Flash Mini to be a feature phone. No, this is an Android smartphone, with a 4″ display, a dual-core processor and dual-SIM, dual standby capability. It even comes with a 5 MP rear camera with HDR capability and an LED flash.

That is a whole lot of hardware for an Android smartphone that costs under RM 190 / USD 45. The only downside we can see right now – it ships with Android 4.4 and has limited RAM and internal storage. Of course, it comes with a micro SD card slot, so you can add up to 32 GB of additional storage. Check out its key specifications below :


Alcatel One Touch Flash Mini Specifications

Display Type4.0" TFT Display
Display Resolution400 x 800 Pixels
Touch ScreenMulti-touch, capacitive
Size64.4 mm wide
123 mm tall
9.9 mm thick
Operating SystemAndroid 4.4 KitKat
System ChipMediaTek MT6572M
Processor1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 (dual-core) processor
Memory512 MB
Internal Storage4 GB
Additional Storagemicro SD slot (up to 32 GB)
Connectivity3G + HSPA
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Micro USB 2.0 port
3.5 mm earphone port
Bluetooth 4.0
Rear Camera5 MP sensor
LED flash
HDR capability
Front CameraVGA sensor (640 x 480 pixels)
GPSYes, with A-GPS
Battery1,500 mAh lithium-ion battery


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PHICOMM EX780L Smartphone Now Available On Lazada

The PHICOMM EX780L smartphone is now available on Lazada for a low, LOW price of just RM 799 (~US$ 189)! This is a 38% discount off its list price of RM 1,299 (~US$ 309).

At this price point, you would expect it to have only a MediaTek processor and no more than 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. But guess what? The PHICOMM EX780L is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage!

If that’s not enough, the PHICOMM EX780L comes with a large 5.5″ IPS display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a fingerprint sensor. Shutterbugs will be glad to know that it has a 13 MP rear camera, and a 5 MP main camera. To top it off, it has two SIM slots with dual standby capability.

That is a whole lot of hardware for an Android smartphone that costs under RM 800 / USD 190. The only downside we can see right now – it ships with Android 4.4. Check out its key specifications below :


PHICOMM EX780L Specifications

SpecificationsPHICOMM EX780L
Operating SystemAndroid 4.4 KitKat
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974)
CPU2.5 GHz ARM Krait 400 quad-core processor
GPUARM Adreno 330
Internal Storage32 GB
Display5.5" IPS
Display Resolution1920 x 1080
Rear Camera13 MP sensor with LED flash
Front Camera5 MP sensor
I/O InterfacesMicro USB 2.0 slot
3.5 mm audio port
Connectivity4G : FDD-LTE 1800 / 2600 MHz
3G : WCDMA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
2G : GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
WiFi : 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
FM RadioYes
SensorsGravity, ambient light, proximity
Battery2,900 mAh removable Li-Po battery


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