Have there been any instances of malware or spyware packaged in custom ROMs, for example a malicious email app pre-installed that records your server IMAP username and password and forwards it to a 3rd part? Or part of the kernel that takes periodic photos? With regard to custom ROMs, I mean official and unofficial releases such as Cyanogenmod, AOKP, LiquidSmooth, etc.

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    It's at least very possible, but I can't confirm this so far. Oct 15, 2013 at 6:05
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    Do OEM ROMs with Carrier IQ count? Not intended as malware originally (it was meant to collect usage statistics and debugging data, and not to send any private or identifying data off the device), but it ended up exposing a lot on some devices. Oct 16, 2013 at 18:07
  • I have since discovered all ROMs have malware because NSA.
    – Chloe
    Jan 3, 2014 at 19:44

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Not in any of the popular ones as far as I've heard. But you're free to build one yourself, which would then mean that it has happened.

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