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700 million Android devices bundled with spyware

#1 Post by SYSTEM » Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:28 am

A security company called Trustlook has discovered that Android phones made by 43 Chinese manufacturers have a piece of spyware pre-installed. The spyware in question sends text messages (content, not metadata), call logs, contact lists and location information to a Chinese firmware company, Adups. Most of those manufacturers are small and almost unknown, but the list also includes Archos, ZTE and Lenovo.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3152012/ ... -apps.html
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Re: 700 million Android devices bundled with spyware

#2 Post by Midas » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:47 am

I have a two year old ZTE and from the start I was very suspicious of the amount of traffic generated by some of the pre-installed Chinese only system apps, so I made the switch to a CyanoGen based ROM developed by an Italian -- behold the marvels of globalization... :mrgreen:

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#3 Post by joby_toss » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:24 am

I think my wife uses an Orange branded ZTE... I'll ask the Chinese if she's compromised in any way...

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#4 Post by webfork » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:21 am

SYSTEM wrote:Android phones made by 43 Chinese manufacturers have a piece of spyware pre-installed
Very frustrating. I hope Cyanogen keeps coming to the rescue on so many of these issues but at some point either their support can't cover all devices or firmware tools will start blocking it.
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#5 Post by lintalist » Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:57 pm

webfork wrote:I hope Cyanogen keeps coming to the rescue ....
Seems doubtful https://cyngn.com/blog/cyanogen-services-shutting-down

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#6 Post by webfork » Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:36 pm

That's disappointing.
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#7 Post by Midas » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:14 pm

webfork wrote:
That's disappointing.

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Re: 700 million Android devices bundled with spyware

#8 Post by lintalist » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:35 am

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#9 Post by webfork » Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:48 pm

I'm not optimistic about the Librem 5 phone as there are a lot of efforts that have come before it, but I'm glad someone's trying. The Samsung effort meanwhile sounds great.
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#10 Post by lintalist » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:36 am

I hope they succeed anyway, or at least some of their ideas (the kill switches) - another alternative mobile OS - if you have a Sony Xperia phone that is - is Sailfish OS, an OS you have to buy - currently only in selected countries more info at https://jolla.com/

Also: from KDE Plasma developer "4 reasons why the librem 5 got funded" https://vizzzion.org/blog/2017/10/4-rea ... ot-funded/

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