What exactly is Whiteware, Greyware and Blackware?

Whiteware is software that we use every day. It is genuine and only does what it is supposed to do.

Blackware is malicious software whose specific purpose is to either collect information on your computer or use your computer to infect others. These are commonly known as Viruses.

Grayware falls between Whiteware and Blackware. Grayware often comes installed on the hardware of a SmartPhone, Dersktop or Server or in Apps or Applications that you install. It’s not actually a virus but may provide the manufacturer with access to information on your hardware. Google Maps is an example of this. It is a useful app that can provide directions to almost anywhere, but it also collects information on everywhere you go and transmits that information to Google. That is typical of Greyware.

We shouild all be concerned about Whiteware, Greyware, and Blackware – and recognize that they apply to cell phones as well.

Trojans have been found on newly shipped low-cost phones from lesser-known brands —mostly based in China— such as League, Google, Vertex, Advan, Cherry Mobile, and others.

The malware was and is present in the devices which are sold not only in Russia but globally in Poland, Indonesia, China, tCzechzec Republic, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Serbia. It won’t be long before we will see these phones being sold unlocked in the US on places like EBay, Craig’s List and possibly even Amazon.

Researchers figured out that a software developer from Shanghai was most likely the source of the Triada infection which allows the infection to provide information on any banking apps installed on your phone.

We recommend that you stay away from the very low end phones advertised and do not buy used phones from places like EBay and Craig’s List. They may be unlocked, but they may also provide the tools for a hacker to unlock your bank account.