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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Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Wed 18th Jun 2014 15:50 UTC
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2011-08-08

The risk of something like this is there regardless of where your phone is made and who the manufacturer is. Only a complete fool would actually trust & believe <fill in company name here> vigilantly protects their privacy.

Newsflash! We're living in a surveillance society. If you don't expect this is happening, you have some catching up to do. And btw, it's not as if spying is something new. Technology has only made it more invasive and widespread but this is `what people do`.

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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by WorknMan on Thu 19th Jun 2014 01:14 in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Newsflash! We're living in a surveillance society. If you don't expect this is happening, you have some catching up to do. And btw, it's not as if spying is something new. Technology has only made it more invasive and widespread but this is `what people do`.


Ya, if I have a device in my pocket that can phone home my location at any time, I figure it pretty much is. In fact, I would be surprised if it wasn't. What does this mean to me? It means I'm not going to bring my phone when I commit my next murder ;)

If you carry around devices like this, you're going to be tracked. It doesn't matter if you like it or not. It's just a fact of life.

Edited 2014-06-19 01:16 UTC

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