Chinese intelligence has recently been censored when it comes to the activity in the mobile devices' plot, which involves spying on users. Huawei has been constantly translating this process over the last months, and today Nokia is joining this set.
While Huawei constantly faces accusations of cooperation with Chinese intelligence services (and counterattacks in the form of accusations regarding the American side), there is quite an unexpected lead to Nokia on the horizon, a producer who – it would seem – stick to away from such controversy.
Nokia 7 Plus sent user data to China
According to the Norwegian news agency NRK, some of the Nokia 7 Plus smartphones sent private data straight to China – they included: user location, phone number and serial number of the device. In addition, this information allowed to track users' actions and their movements in real time. This information was sent to a server registered in the vnet.cn domain, which belongs to the China Internet Network Information Center. This trail in a straight line led to the largest Chinese telecommunications operator – China Telecom . Interestingly, the code containing the method of obtaining data was very similar to the one published by Qualcomm on GitHub.
HMD Global: this incident. May
According to HMD Global, such an event is most likely the result of a mistake – it is possible that such "additions" were necessary to sell Nokia brand smartphones in the Chinese market (however, the manufacturer did not want to confirm it with the NRK agency). As a result of oversight, such settings have been applied in a series of smartphones destined for Europe, but this problem is supposedly eliminated by a special patch, which was applied at the end of February. Despite assurances from the manufacturer of Nokia smartphones that the situation has been straightened out, the Finnish spokesperson on data protection has announced that an appropriate investigation will be undertaken to clarify the whole confusion. What is important, in the group of suspects we can find not only Nokia, but also Qualcomma, because according to the research of the well-known security specialist, Dirka Wetter, the application called com.qualcomm.qti.autoregistration.apk is responsible for collecting the data. , clearly indicating the participation of the American company in the whole matter. Well – let's let information about accidental error in Nokia 7 Plus software prove true – reports of close cooperation with China of another technology company certainly can not please users of mobile devices of this Finnish brand. It is worth remembering that this model is very popular in our country too …
Nokia 7 Plus – our test: