Parasite software discovered in smartphones produced in China send data stolen to Shanghai servers

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The company that wrote the software, Shanghai Adups Technology Company, says that its code runs on more than 700 million smart devices including phones and cars. Information is transmitted  to China every 72 hours and this affects even financially those who employ pre-paid or disposable phones.It isn’t clear whether the collection of data is being done for advertising purposes, or for espionage reasons. As an example in the U.S., Miami-based BLU said that the data mining software was discovered on 120,000 of its phones. Data sent to the Chinese servers include full text messages, contact lists, call logs and location data. Adups said that the software was designed to help Chinese phone manufacturers track the behavior of users. Adups told BLU that all of the data taken from BLU customers was destroyed. But many questions remain to be clarified. Huawei and ZTE phone manufaturers are between the big profile companies in the world.

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