A European nation has urged its civil servants to bin their Chinese-made smartphones and avoid buying new ones after experts found they contained “worrying” automatic censorship software and other security flaws.
Lithuania’s defence ministry and National Cyber Security Centre tested 5G mobiles from Chinese manufacturers including Xiaomi and Huawei.
One popular device from Xiaomi — a company that sells more smartphones in the European Union than any other manufacturer — was discovered to be capable of detecting and blanking out the terms “Free Tibet”, “democratic movement” and “Long live Taiwan’s independence”.
It was sending information about its owners’ activities — including how long they spent using different apps — to a proprietary server in Singapore, beyond the reach of the EU’s strict data laws. …
“The risks we are speaking about are real,” Lithuanian deputy defence Minister Margiris Abukevicius told AFP …
“Our recommendation is to not buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid of those already purchased as fast as reasonably possible.”
No, our phones wouldn’t spy on us, would they?
hat-tip Stephen Neil