Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Jun 2014 08:51 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

A Chinese no-name Galaxy S4 knock-off allegedly comes pre-loaded with spyware:

For the first time ever, the experts at the German security vendor have discovered a smartphone that comes with extensive spyware straight from the factory. The malware is disguised as the Google Play Store and is part of the pre-installed Android apps. The spyware runs in the background and cannot be detected by users. Unbeknownst to the user, the smartphone sends personal data to a server located in China and is able to covertly install additional applications.

The news comes from a security firm, so take it with a grain of salt, but still - this is exactly the kind of stuff legitimate Chinese manufacturers really do not want.

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by Gone fishing on Thu 19th Jun 2014 02:55 UTC
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I currently work in China and I would be very skeptical of any Chinese phone with Google Play Store installed, Chinese phones just do not have anything Google installed. In fact at the moment all Google on the internet is blocked or throttled down so slow it is unusable - at the moment the internet without a VPS connection is almost unusable because of the restrictions on Google etc.

I would guess that this phone is trying to target non-Chinese users and is a private enterprise initiative.

I've just bought a Chinese phone a Lenovo a880 and spent a day hacking it which is essential, root so that the 12-13 Chinese start up apps can be removed, plus all the other bloatware, then Gapps needs installing. Shame really as the phone is quite nice as was the Yepen phone I had before.

Edited 2014-06-19 03:14 UTC

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