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ZTE admits there's a security hole in phones sold in the US

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ZTE admits there's a security hole in phones sold in the US
ZTE has long planned to sell big in the States, but US concern over possible links between the Chinese phone company and the Chinese government prevented its wider presence. And now, a “highly unusual” security hole found in the ZTE Score, one of the phones, that the company is selling in the US adds one more reason to that.

The ZTE Score is vulnerable to a particular kind of an attack that exposes the device to others, who can gain access to it. Such a backdoor would allow anyone with the hardwired password to see what’s on your device.

Now, we’re curious to see ZTE’s official reaction to that. In either case, though - were it just bad coding or a purposeful attempt to break into others phones - such a strange breach in security seems like a recipe for failure for the Chinese company in the US. 

The first reports about the security hole came last week, and hackers say that other ZTE phones like the ZTE Skate are also affected.

source: Reuters

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posted on 18 May 2012, 03:49 2

1. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


And therein lies the reason why ZTE will never have a strong prescence in the states. In the case of other companies it would be a problem that needs to be fixed but in their case the nature of the problem suggests something that a government who wants to control content consumption of its subscribers would want and that is why. It is simply a concern that would not go ignored.

posted on 18 May 2012, 04:21 1

2. deacz (Posts: 151; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


riight, all they need to do is make a gsIII quality phone for way less and the us consumers will flock to it.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:07

3. electrophage (Posts: 36; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Your absolutely right Descartes!

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:51 4

4. hepresearch (unregistered)


Sounds like a recipe for mass espionage by the Chinese government to me...

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:23 2

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Be quiet, because someone can hear us! Conspiracy... :D

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:15 2

6. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


actually, that is exactly what has been going on...

posted on 18 May 2012, 18:50 1

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Ssssshhh!!! :X

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