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EBay is barring listings for a smartphone after reports the model is pre-installed with spyware in its Chinese factory. A German security firm reported on Tuesday that the Android-powered Star N9500 sent personal data to a computer server in China, adding that the Trojan could not be removed.
One security researcher from Kaspersky sums up the Star N9500 by saying that "the device comes from the factory with an extensive espionage program."
Of course, that's assuming these Chinese kits aren't an extension of nsa-style espionage from China itself.
“The manufacturer is not mentioned,” he said. “Not in the phone, not in the documentation, nothing else.”
The Associated Press found the phone for sale on several major retail websites, offered by an array of companies listed in Shenzhen, in southern China. It could not immediately find a reference to the phone’s manufacturer.
originally posted by: Skyfloating
China wants to compete with the NSA, but they`re not stealthy enough.
People actually buy those phones off of ebay and use them?
I have no idea but I was considering the same two possibilities. Three if you count being under contract to NSA either directly or indirectly though some front, but that's less likely. I wonder if they will find out who is really behind it?
originally posted by: gortex
Could an organised crime syndicate pull this off or is it more likely a state operation ? .... curious.
Wow, really? I missed that.
originally posted by: burdman30ott6
the feds outlawed jailbreaking/rooting your phone from those manufacturers last year.
So can you still root them given what burdman30ott6 said? I rooted mine before last year and I haven't been keeping up.
originally posted by: drivers1492
As far as the op I would have never used one if the clones as my personal phone. Not for concern as much since I do custom roms an root soon as I get anything, but because of quality and performance.