False alert: Here's what OnePlus' Clipboard app actually sends to Chinese servers

False alert: Here's what OnePlus' Clipboard app actually sends to Chinese servers
 yesterday, we reported on yet another slightly-alarming security issue related to OnePlus' devices and a potential security breach that had many worried their sensitive data leaked out to Chinese servers. This time, however, it would seem that this was a false alert as it turns out OnePlus is merely trying to prevent popular Chinese messenger Wechat from blocking certain links leading to some of the bigger Chinese online retailers. OnePlus' Clipboard unblocks said links by sending a predefined hashcode token that essentially fools out Wechat into thinking the links are okay.

But why would OnePlus need to do this, and why would said shopping links be moderated by the Wechat app? Turns out it all falls down to corporate rivalry.

Reddit user lambdaq gave a pretty good explanation as to why this happens:





So, all is good when it ends good. Turns out that OnePlus doesn't spy on you and send your intimate data to the Chinese government, at least not with its Clipboard app.

OnePlus has been in a lot of hot water recently, with the biggest debacle surrounding a potentially-harmful backdoor found on its newest devices. This has been already removed from users' devices, but the damage had already been done.

source: Reddit

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9 Comments

1. adecvat

Posts: 646; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

"Apple iPhone slows down after iOS 11.2.2 update" is false alert too.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look the OnePlus OS is a forked version of Android and it's OS is not called Oxygen OS for nothing. What are people expecting from this? Was anyone expecting a vanilla Android like the Pixels and Nexus devices? If that is what you want, then don't buy OnePlus. It's that simple.

3. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Oxygen OS is a fork of Android that looks and acts like stock Android; it is not truly stock Android, but it is much closer than many other manufacturers. People that choose Oxygen OS want the speed that comes from a light Android skin, and how it looks; not whether it conforms to the ideal that is "stock Android". People who do care about that install Lineage OS on their OnePlus phones anyway, not Oxygen.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Looks and feels like are two different things. Besides what is China doing to the OnePlus with the news in regards to sending data to China.

4. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

In other words: An early taste of what the US is looking forward to, post-net neutrality.

5. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Maybe read up on what Net Neutrality is or watch this instead of being an ignorant ass spouting the same narrative from the MSMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dY-g823g04

7. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Since many other companies and apps already do this such as Google, OnePlus is just catching up. And you should research net neutrality and what is lost and gained from it going away. It has nothing to do with this.

8. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

Nope, I refuse to trust the Chinese and any of their phones. These Chinese are building more weapons and aircraft carriers to prepare for future wars with America. I will not support this frenemy/future enemy by pumping my money into their economy. I hate Apple but am willing to support them with my wallet if they'd start spying on the Chinese with all their iProducts as well as giving manufacturing jobs back to Americans.

9. Retro-touch unregistered

You're an ignorant fool. How is any of that nonsense even related to this FML

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