Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Nov 2016 16:11 UTC

For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours.

Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages. The American authorities say it is not clear whether this represents secretive data mining for advertising purposes or a Chinese government effort to collect intelligence.

Through Chinese manufacturer BLU, some 120.000 BLU phones in the US were affected as well. According to BLU, the company immediately removed the offending software. The original purpose of the software was, supposedly, to aid in the detection of junk messages.

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RE[3]: intelligence
by UglyKidBill on Wed 16th Nov 2016 15:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: intelligence"
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actually not, if a phone is 'low-end' in USA, it will be low-end everywhere... for it to be 'medium range' elsewhere it would imply there would exist devices with even lower specs, which is not likely.

Not really,

A) Companies seem to send much of the over-stock they didn't manage to sell in the USA/UE to the lower income countries.

B) In lower income countries you find a (proportionally) a larger market for mid and lower range hardware.

That means you are very likely to find what was "mid-range" in USA one or two ago and is now "low-range", being sold as "mid-range" (heck, maybe even as high-end) in lower income countries.


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