These days, it's almost impossible to stay completely safe from hackers and cybercriminals. They're infecting PC, Macs, Android and Apple devices, and much more.
You may not even realize it sometimes, especially when these attacks are less obvious than ransomware, where they demand money from you. For example, if you're seeing advertisements pop up all over your device, including tablets sold online, you may already be the victim of a hack.
It turns out that some 17,000 tablets sold online, including at Amazon, are infected with a Trojan called Cloudsota, according to a cybersecurity firm in China. It's bad, too. Cloudsota infects tablets with malware and malvertising (malicious ads) and, in some cases, disables anti-virus software.
People affected by the hack are reporting that their tablets are being taken over by pop-up ads, and they can't get rid of them. This Trojan is also replacing your wallpaper and Android devices' boot animation, or its startup process.
There is a little bit of good news here. The Cloudsota Trojan doesn't appear to be affecting brand-name tablets, like Apple's iPad or Google's Nexus tablets. So far, infected devices are low-cost tablets sold online without a brand name, usually for less than $100.
Note: Infected tablets on Amazon are being sold by third parties, meaning Amazon is handling just the shipping of the product.