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Blu phones have been secretly sending user data to a Chinese server

By Cookie Monster - on 17 Nov 2016, 6:00am

Blu phones have been secretly sending user data to a Chinese server

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If you happen to be using a Blu phone, your personal information may have been sent to a Chinese server without ur knowledge or permission.

The New York Times reports that US-based security firm Kryptowire discovered a third-party software system running on several Blu phones which transmits user data such as the full contents of text messages, contact lists, call history, location information and other data to a Chinese server. 

The third-party software is developed by Shanghai Adups Technology Company for an unnamed Chinese phone maker to monitor user behavior and for customer support. Apparently, the software ended up in Blu phones which were shipped and sold in the U.S. 

In response to this report, Blu issued an official statement stating that it has quickly removed the security issue on a limited number of its phones. About 120,000 Blu phones are said to be affected. Samuel Ohev-Zion, CEO of Blu, also confirmed that all user data had been destroyed. 

Aside from the affected Blu phones, Adups claims that the same software is currently running on more than 700 million phones, cars and other smart devices. A Google spokesperson has instructed Adups to remove the software from devices running its services such as the Google Play Store. 

This latest breach of user privacy is a stark reminder of the dangers in forcing tech companies to create a "backdoor" in their software. Apple has publicly opposed attempts by FBI to create a unique version of iOS for criminal investigations

Source: The New York Times, Blu via The Next Web

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