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http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/11 ... of-phones/
Security firm Kryptowire has uncovered a backdoor in the firmware installed on low-cost Android phones, including phones from BLU Products sold online through Amazon and Best Buy. The backdoor software, initially discovered on the BLU R1 HD, sent massive amounts of personal data about the phones and their users’ activities back to servers in China that are owned by a firmware update software provider. The data included phone number, location data, the content of text messages, calls made, and applications installed and used.

The company, Shanghai AdUps Technologies, had apparently designed the backdoor to help Chinese phone manufacturers and carriers track the behavior of their customers for advertising purposes. AdUps claims its software runs updates for more than 700 million devices worldwide, including smartphones, tablets, and automobile entertainment systems. It is installed on smartphones from Huawei and ZTE sold in China. The surveillance feature of the software was developed specifically for the Chinese market, the company says, and was unintentionally included in the software for BLU devices.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/15 ... _to_china/
Security researchers have uncovered a secret backdoor in Android phones that sends almost all personally identifiable information to servers based in China.

The firmware is managed by Shanghai Adups Technology, and according to the company, is contained on over 700 million phones worldwide, including phones available in the United States.
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Hi!
Android is phoned to everywhere ---- at example: the built-in "learning" keyboard. Why the hell it needs internet connection? :cry:
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Android is a mess.
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What if Android Keyboard was a member of a forum and wondered why the stupid user needs Internet access?
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Announcement to the user: Please, use our device a little later, we are in an important conversation!
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Not owning an Android truly is the gift that keeps on giving. :mrgreen:
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What smartphone do you use then?
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Why do you assume I use a smartphone?
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You must own a "dumb" phone.
Mind you, I think "smart" phones don't live up to their name!
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That's right! I use a phone that can be used to make calls and send texts. I could even use it to browse the web on a teeny tine screen, but who has time for that? Not me, so I don't have that option in my bundle.
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Moem wrote:That's right! I use a phone that can be used to make calls and send texts.
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Where can one get one of these "phones"?
It seems I use my phone for everything else but these "calls and texts" you mention.
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Hongkong*, for one thing. I bought a refurbished Sony Ericsson C702 from Aliexpress (because that's what I've used for many years, but it was getting a bit ratty) and it's fine in every way. Cost me around 40 dollars. Battery needs charging once a week, sweet!

*The irony of getting a phone from Hongkong so it doesn't phone home to China is not lost on me.
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News flash: nearly every phone is made in China. Do the Apple people really believe their phone isn't already hacked???

Too funny............
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racer-x wrote:News flash: nearly every phone is made in China. Do the Apple people really believe their phone isn't already hacked???

Too funny............
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Covert Downloaders Found Preinstalled On Dozens Of Low-Cost Android Phone Models

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/12 ... ne-models/
Dozens of low-cost Android phone models come preinstalled with apps that covertly download and install adware and other unwanted programs, researchers said.

At least 26 phone models come preinstalled with a downloader dubbed Android.DownLoader.473.origin

Android.DownLoader.473.origin and Android.Sprovider.7 were incorporated into Android firmware because dishonest outsources who took part in creation of Android system images decided to make money on users."
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