Pre-installed Backdoor On 700 Million Android Phones Sending Users' Data to China
Over 700 Million Android smartphones contain a secret 'backdoor' that surreptitiously sends all users’ text messages, call log, contact list, location history, and app data to China every 72 hours. First reported on by the New York Times on Tuesday, the backdoored firmware software is developed by China-based company Shanghai AdUps Technology, which claims that its software runs updates for more than 700 Million devices worldwide. AdUps provides its software to large handset manufacturers, such as ZTE and Huawei, which sell their Android phones worldwide, across over 150 countries and regions. Besides sniffing SMS message content, contact lists, call logs, location data and other personal user information and automatically sending them to AdUps every 72 hours, AdUps' software also has the capability to remotely install and update applications on a smartphone. Users cannot disable or remove the Backdoor.
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Most of mobile devices are manufactured and assembled in China. There are a handful of manufacturers that produce mobile device hardware. Mobile devices are shipped to various brands with already flashed software. Even allegedly secured mobile devices use embedded drivers and boot loader and use them as is in their custom-built operating system. It means that the entire software is not totally safe and vulnerable to shadowy malicious applications.
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