Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Gionee in Trouble, Caught Installing Trojans on Over 20 Million Smartphones


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Chinese smartphone maker Gionee has been found guilty in a Chinese court of illegally installing Trojan horse programs on its users ’smartphones to generate revenue. The company said it pushed the unwanted software to nearly 26 million smartphones without the user’s knowledge or approval.

Gionee in Trouble, Caught Installing Trojans on Over 20 Million Smartphones


The Shenzhen Zhipu Technology Co. Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Gionee, has implanted a Trojan Horse through a software update using the so-called “Story Lock Screen” app. The first devices infected with the “Dark Horse Program” were in December 2018.

The job was carried out until October 2019 and for that period, the company is said to have earned around $4.2 million, affecting 21.75 million smartphones. The expenses for that period are just a little below $1.3 million.

Xu Li, Zhu Ying, Jia Zhengqiang and Pan Qi were found guilty in the process of illegally controlling mobile devices and are sentenced from 3 to 3.5 years in prison along with a CNY 200,000 (~$30,000) fine each.

Meizu Smartphone maker Zhuhai Meizu Technology Co also did something similar, but no judgement yet.

Reports have it that this is common practice with cheap Chinese smartphones, in which Tecno is one of them.




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