Hundreds of millions of Android phone users are spied on through a preinstalled Adups firmware.
The Android platform is the living proof there is no such thing as ‘privacy’ anymore.
With every day that passes, we find out more about how our privacy is trampled through our smartphones.
Recently, was disclosed a new report that revealed how hundreds of millions of Android phones have a software that spies on its users and sends their data to China.
Adups software is able to read all your posts, take information about your location or collect data from your address book.
All this information is transmitted to servers in China, although this software was only supposed to take anonymized data and transmit them in order to help smartphone manufacturers to come up with better services.
BLU, Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo are among the manufacturers that are using this software. BLU declared they have released an update that will eliminate the software.
The other two have not said anything yet, but the company behind Adups data collection does not see it as a problem or mistake.
Basically, Adups says it is ok to spy on anyone, as long as you do not spy on Americans. The first allegations of espionage were directed against the government of China.
Currently, it is estimated that about 700 million devices would contain this Android Adups software.
‘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, said the Chinese company that wrote the software, Shanghai Adups Technology Company, adding its code runs on more than 700 million phones, cars and other smart devices.’