The new Barnes & Noble Nook 7 Android tablet contains a malware called ADUPS that automatically sends user data to the manufacturer all the way to China, or a hacker who might be interested in stealing your data. This malware is actually a firmware that is pre-installed in the latest Barnes & Noble Nook Android tablet, as reported in this Digital Reader report.
The above link quotes Linux Journal that says…
The latest tablet from Barnes & Noble, the newly-released $49 BNTV450, has been found to include ADUPS. In the aftermath of the BLU data theft, ADUPS hostile data collection and control over Android may (or may not) be temporarily quelled, but harmful capability remains with the ADUPS agent. Devices running ADUPS should be considered under malicious control, and they should not be used with sensitive data of any kind.
The report humorously comments that the “new Nook 7 Android tablet which was launched last month comes with free malware and spyware installed”.
Although the company that originally manufactures these Nook 7 tablets claims that the ADUPS malware has been removed from the system, many have reported that the malware is still live and kicking and doing its job of sending data to the manufacturer’s servers. The personal data is being sent to servers in China. According to further explanation of the tablets containing this malware:
These devices actively transmitted user and device information including the full-body of text messages, contact lists, call history with full telephone numbers, unique device identifiers including the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) and the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI). The firmware could target specific users and text messages matching remotely defined keywords. The firmware also collected and transmitted information about the use of applications installed on the monitored device, bypassed the Android permission model, executed remote commands with escalated (system) privileges, and was able to remotely reprogram the devices… The firmware that shipped with the mobile devices and subsequent updates allowed for the remote installation of applications without the users’ consent and, in some versions of the software, the transmission of fine-grained device location information.
The Digital Reader recommends that you return the Nook 7 Android tablet if you own one just to be on a safer side and then go online and have a look for the best cheap android tablets available at that time.