Chinese Spyware Infects 43 Smartphone Brands, Lenovo, Achos Included

By   /   Dec 22, 2016
Chinese Spyware

It seems that there have been huge security concerns when it comes to Android devices. First, we saw the Gooligan malware and now we have this Chinese spyware that has affected 43 smartphone brands. These brands include the likes of Lenovo and Achos amongst others. If you are a normal person you do not want your phone to be sending out private information to some Chinese server. This is what this Chinese spyware does, it sends information regarding your texts, calls and apps data to a Chinese server every 72 hours.

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Something that was very interesting here was that this Chinese spyware came preinstalled on some devices. Kryptowire vice president of product Tom Karygiannis told The New York Times:

“Even if you wanted to, you wouldn’t have known about it,”

Chinese Spyware

The following is the complete list of smartphone brands that have been affected by this Chinese spyware:

  • Aaron Electronics
  • Aeon Mobile
  • All Win Tech
  • Amoi Technology
  • Archos
  • AUX
  • Bird
  • BLU
  • Cellon
  • Coship Mobile
  • DEWAV Communication
  • DEXP Digital Experience
  • Eastaeon Technology
  • Electronic Technology
  • Gionee
  • GOSO
  • Hisense
  • Hongyu
  • Huaqin
  • Huiye
  • Inventec Corporation
  • Konka Group
  • Lenovo
  • Logicom
  • Longcheer
  • Malata Mobile
  • Mediatek Helio
  • Prestigio
  • Ragentek
  • RDA Micro
  • Reallytek
  • RUIO
  • Sanmu
  • Sprocomm
  • Tinno
  • Uniscope
  • VSUN
  • Water World Technology
  • Wind Communication
  • WingTech
  • Yifang Digital
  • Zhuhai Quanzhi
  • ZTE

 

This has been a huge security concern as this spyware potentially affected 700 Million low-end Android devices. A spokesperson of Blu Mobiles had the following to say about the issue:

“Blu products has identified and has quickly removed a recent security issue caused by a third-party application which has been collecting unauthorized personal data in the form of text messages, call logs, and contacts from customers using a limited number of Blu mobile devices,”

Adups claims that all information regarding Blu devices has been destroyed and that there is no data left. In this day and age I believe that user data is something very important and in the wrong hands, it can do a lot of damage. This is something that we have already seen with the Ashley Madison case. What do you think about this Chinese spyware threat?

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