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Report: Xiaomi Redmi Note sends photos and texts to Chinese server

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Report: Xiaomi Redmi Note sends photos and texts to Chinese server
The Xiaomi Redmi Note has been a very popular product for the manufacturer. Consider that the device is a 5.5 inch phablet powered by the true octa-core MT6592 chip produced by MediaTek, and is priced at the equivalent of $130 USD. But a new report indicates that those who purchased the device might be unwillingly sending photos and texts to a server in Beijing, China.

A Xiaomi Redmi Note user in Hong Kong claims that his device has connected with an IP address in China, that was receiving content from his phone such as photos and texts. This transfer of data took place when the Redmi Note owner was on Wi-Fi. And even rooting the phone and flashing it with different firmware didn't solve the issue.

Pictures from "Media Storage," and texts, are being sent to the server. And lest you think that it is Xiaomi's cloud service backing up data, the manufacturer's MiCloud feature was turned off when this was happening. Who has control over this mysterious server in China? If you are the suspicious type, you might be thinking that the Chinese government is behind the company listed as owning the IP address. As pointed out by one of our loyal readers, looking up the owner website reveals the information that "CNNIC is the administrative agency responsible for Internet affairs under the Ministry of Information Industry of the People's Republic of China. It is based in the Zhongguancun high tech district of Beijing."

The bottom line is that owners of the Xiaomi Redmi Note need to be careful about the content that they are keeping on their phones.


Thanks for the tip, Alex!

source: en.ocworkbench.com via GSMDome

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posted on 29 Jul 2014, 11:42 12

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 2313; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


This is going to be good :)

/popcorn

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 13:39 4

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4793; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I mean this is communist China, why on Earth would you NOT think this would happen? I mean it's a Chinese smartphone maker in it's home country of China... Duh!!!!

Really?

+1 for the /popcorn!

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 14:25 3

18. Johnnokia (Posts: 1054; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Where is Nokia or BlackBerry?
The two reliable clean players from Finland and Canada

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 11:48

2. aman5mathur (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


someone is in deep deep trouble

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 11:58

3. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


OH SNAP!!!

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 12:00 1

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


If he rooted it (+flashed it) and yet it still kept continuing to send data to that server, is it possible that the Mediatek processor is quilty?

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 12:44 5

11. ibap (Posts: 752; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


quilty? As in crafty? ;-)

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 12:07 3

5. Sharky (Posts: 233; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)


Why be suspicious when it can be verified?

"CNNIC is the administrative agency responsible for Internet affairs under the Ministry of Information Industry of the People's Republic of China. It is based in the Zhongguancun high tech district of Beijing."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Internet_Network_Information_Center

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 12:07

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


It would be awesome to be a spy like James Bond.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 12:19 2

7. sip1995 (Posts: 1543; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


It's an android.....enough said.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 12:33 15

9. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1293; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Nope not enough said. It is xiaomi who is responsible for this not Google/Android. Its may b like the NSA of china. Everybody android,wp,ios all provide users data to NSA. Now u probably love to defend urself by pointing out malware issue with android. Well personally I've never encountered with any malwares on android or any other OS's. But hackers,malwares,virus mainly focus on android because its open in nature and it hold most market share which means more users, also it let users to sideload apps. Malware attacks from playstore is just 1%to nothing. Be a good dude buy apps dont download from untrustworthy sites u'll be just fine.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 14:06

17. JunitoNH (Posts: 1583; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Yup, I have one, too. My beloved Moto X. However, there's no way I'm going to trust an Android device with banking and/or other important information.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 20:50 3

26. joey_sfb (Posts: 5229; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


That's your business. I pay all my taxes and has nothing to hide.

Banking Security are handled by individual banks and its regulatory governing body. Nothing to do with client OS. I still remember individual fear of internet banking some still do.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 19:50 1

25. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1819; Member since: 29 May 2014)


So you came here just to say that? You are such a troll. Please go back under your bridge.. But I bet you don't think that was a trolling comment.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 12:30 9

8. jove39 (Posts: 1775; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Chinese oem cant be trusted!

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 12:37 4

10. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1293; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Kinda true that. It'll effect their reputation if they didn't fix this issue or take necessary steps. They started getting popular but this might be bad for them.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 12:56 1

12. p51d007 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


Gee...wanna bet the Korean companies do this. Oh, lets not forget all the snooping the CIA does. Privacy...unless you live off the grid with ZERO electronics, in a lead lined cave, someone is snooping on you.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 14:37

19. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


at least you have to limit the spying to non-communists — people who still know how to respect international laws, not to people known for IP violations or piracy. who knows your intimate photos or videos could end up in cheap porn DVDs sold to countries that continue to patronize china's fakes.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 13:04

13. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Whoa...

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 13:52

16. sip1995 (Posts: 1543; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Whoa, pio fail comment....pethenis :)

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 13:24

14. gigantos (Posts: 63; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


Huawei was accused of implementing spying chip in their routers and other devices which send data even apparently 'offline'. So it's not a surprise that Xiaomi could send some data even in another firmware. It might be built in the hardware.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 15:08

20. chaoscauser (Posts: 37; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


It's hardware shying as Hawei did before. You can't fix or deal with it.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 16:35

22. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


I would imagine you can block it with a firewall

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 15:24

21. Ninetysix (Posts: 2313; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Y u spy Shiao mi? Me no like.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 16:36

23. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Sort of ironic how the Chinese government is currently going after Microsoft, while at the same time this is allegedly happening.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 17:30

24. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


now this is disturbing... this is why they are cheap?? wtf, xiaomi 3 was sold out upon release here in the philippines, they are not yet that popular here but I bet soon it'll flood the market with their affordable handsets, there be really security issue when time comes, the fact we have disputed islands and no one wants to backdown, time to boycott this brand before it gain traction here in PH.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 23:05

27. RandomAshole (Posts: 31; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


Can I be in peace after getting the hardware, clean the ROM and install CM?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 05:03

29. duartix (Posts: 275; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


No, didn't you read the article?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 01:00

28. vazzzz (Posts: 53; Member since: 09 May 2014)


This is not surprising. Xioami started as a project financed by the Chinese government, so probably they still control it in behind

posted on 18 Dec 2014, 00:43

30. JJOPQ (Posts: 55; Member since: 15 Nov 2014)


i dont think that the Chinese government control in behind,,, u better take that back..seriously

fr.xiaomidevice.com/xiaomi-hongmi-note-android-4-2​-2go-ram-8gorom-net-3g-supporte-bluetoothe-bt3-0hs​-bt-4-0.html

posted on 24 Dec 2014, 01:34

31. JJOPQ (Posts: 55; Member since: 15 Nov 2014)


http://fr.xiaomidevice.com/xiaomi-hongmi-note-android-4-2​-2go-ram-8gorom-net-3g-supporte-bluetoothe-bt3-0hs​-bt-4-0.html

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