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Gionee Found Guilty For Planting Malware In Over 20 Million Devices


A Chinese court has found smartphone maker Gionee guilty over report of delibratly planting Trojan Horse on more than 20 million devices. This according to reports, was done without the user’s knowledge, in a bid to money from unsolicited ads and other malicious activities.

It is said that the Shenzhen Zhipu Technology Co. Ltd., 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.

Although shocking, this seems to be a common practice with cheap Chinese smartphones and other companies were also found guilty of the same malicious activity, Infinix and Tecno are one of them.

Source: GSMArena, GizmoChina



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