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US Government-funded Android Phones Given to Low-Income People Include Unremovable Malware

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An Android phone subsidized by the US government for low-income users comes pre-installed with malware that can’t be removed without making the device cease to work.

The program is often referred to as the Obama Phone because it expanded in 2008, when President Barack Obama took office.

The UMX U686CL is provided by Virgin Mobile’s Assurance Wireless program, which is an offshoot of the Lifeline Assistance program.

Included is malware that can install adware and other unwanted apps without the knowledge or permission of the user.

Curated from Ars Technica

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