August 16, 2021, from Santiago Comment
Mobile phone manufacturers can and do install agent software or agent software. Sometimes even back doors (for remote arrival) or rootkits to get full arrival or root to the device. Obviously, what these manufacturers or their associates do (especially in the case of small companies) must not have malicious intentions, let’s say “viruses”, but rather economic interests behind, since people’s information (their interests, those who seek or they buy on the Internet and things like that) has a lot of publicity value. They even try to remain in control of the devices they sell, to change or install any application when necessary for their own interests.
Unfortunately, this goes against the privacy of users and even security, since a back door on a device not only gives access to the manufacturer that put that back door but to any third party with the technical capacity to do so. And that is exactly what the class-action law firm Rosen Justo argued long ago, who initiated legal proceedings against the jacket company. Bold like us or BLU Products, appropriate to the pre-installation of “spyware” on their computers, as well as the inevitable turn of its users’ data to China, which was warned at that time by the security company Kriptowire.
In this case, it was found that thousands of BLU devices automatically sent the content of their users’ SMS and call logs every 72 hours, as well as the location and use of applications every 24 hours, to the company’s servers. Chinese advertising. Shanghai AdUps Technologies, which mentioned that this data was collected for advertising purposes. Apparently AdsUp was in charge of the firmware upgrade application “Wireless Update”. According to a BLU spokesperson, the Chinese firm was told that the application was not programmed in this way or to send data, which AdsUp would have ignored.
Rosen Justo invited all affected individuals to join this class action lawsuit against BLU, simply by checking their cell phone for this agent software. To do this, they only had to see if the reading of the system application “Wireless Update” was 5.0.x to 5.3.x.
In fact, BLU confirmed that 120,000 devices were affected. In his defense, he said he sent a software upgrade to prevent devices from sending this information to China. He even mentioned that He did not know about the back door discovered by BitSight on the same dates. BLU had called Rosen Justo “ignorant” on this matter.
Either because of this class action lawsuit, because of the scandals that BLU suffered on the same dates or on its own, a few days later it decided to change its “FOTA” software developed by AdsUp and that generated this behavior (Wireless modernization application) for the application of Google OTA modernization.
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