If you’ve considered buying a flagship clone only because it offers ‘the same’ performance as the originals but at a much lower price, think again! Thanks to German security vendor G Data, Chinese manufacturer, Star, was caught hiding dangerous Malware in its Star N9500 smartphone. The device is the Galaxy S4 clone. The virus was disguised as the Play Store app, so it was impossible to detect without professional software.

G Data warns everybody about this issue stating that “The options with this spy program are nearly unlimited. Online criminals have full access to the smartphone.” The software cannot be uninstalled from the device as the malware is running in the background, and it also cannot be detected by users.

Such malware is very dangerous because criminals can get access to all your personal data, online banking info, or send premium SMS. They can even remotely install apps on the infected devices. This makes the hacking possibilities unlimited.

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G Data was able to detect the virus identified as Android.Trojan.Uupay.D due to the large number of people who tipped them about a possible issue. They also think that the low-pricing strategy (130-165 EUR) used by the company was meant to lure customers to buy the phone in large numbers. Usually a phone with such specifications has a much bigger price mark, so suspicions can arise from this argument alone.

What can you do if you own a Star N9500:

According to G Data, you can user their Internet Security Software for Android and scan your phone. If the program detects the virus, you should contact the shop where you purchased the device and ask to return the phone. But more importantly, stay away from suspicious ‘replica’ devices, there are always better choices even for less money.

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