Fake Android firmware sites

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huckleberrypie
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Fake Android firmware sites

Post by huckleberrypie » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:08 am

Has anyone else stumbled upon these phony ROM download sites that claim to have a Marshmallow or Nougat ROM for let's say a Samsung Galaxy, but are nothing more than a survey scam preying on gullible smartphone users?

Here's one of them:
marshmallow-guide.org

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Myxt
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RE: Fake Android firmware sites

Post by Myxt » Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:22 am

Initiating the download redirects to downloadsafe.org which requires completing surveys. The whole operation belongs to malware distributor sharecash.org - _https://www.virustotal.com/en/domain/sharecash.org/information/

My only question on behalf of at-risk users is: Aren't firmware and OS updates automatically pushed to users' devices, like they are to PCs and Macs? Who would surf around looking for them unless s/he were seeking rogue warez?

EDIT: It looks like downloadsafe.org has quite a history of both popularity and weirdness:
Google> links:downloadsafe.org -site:downloadsafe.org

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RE: Fake Android firmware sites

Post by huckleberrypie » Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:46 am

<quote user="myxt">
Initiating the download redirects to downloadsafe.org which requires completing surveys. The whole operation belongs to malware distributor sharecash.org - _https://www.virustotal.com/en/domain/sharecash.org/information/

My only question on behalf of at-risk users is: Aren't firmware and OS updates automatically pushed to users' devices, like they are to PCs and Macs? Who would surf around looking for them unless s/he were seeking rogue warez?

EDIT: It looks like downloadsafe.org has quite a history of both popularity and weirdness:
Google> links:downloadsafe.org -site:downloadsafe.org
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There are a number of Android modding/servicing sites that do offer full firmware images for free, like XDA for example. While over the air updates are indeed one way of getting the latest software for your device, ROM dumps or complete firmware images are of great use for technicians and hobbyists alike who want or need to restore, downgrade or unbrick a device.

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