Report: Xiaomi Redmi Note sends photos and texts to Chinese server
posted by Alan F. / Jul 29, 2014, 11:37 AM
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!
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This is going to be good :) /popcorn
posted on Jul 29, 2014, 11:42 AM 12
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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 Jul 29, 2014, 1:39 PM 4
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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 Jul 29, 2014, 12:00 PM 1
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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/C
posted on Jul 29, 2014, 12:07 PM 3
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It's an android.....enough said.
posted on Jul 29, 2014, 12:19 PM 2
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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 Jul 29, 2014, 12:33 PM 15
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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 Jul 29, 2014, 2:06 PM 0
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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 Jul 29, 2014, 8:50 PM 3
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Chinese oem cant be trusted!
posted on Jul 29, 2014, 12:30 PM 9
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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 Jul 29, 2014, 12:56 PM 1
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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 Jul 29, 2014, 2:37 PM 0
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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 Jul 29, 2014, 1:24 PM 0
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It's hardware shying as Hawei did before. You can't fix or deal with it.
posted on Jul 29, 2014, 3:08 PM 0
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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 Jul 29, 2014, 5:30 PM 0
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Can I be in peace after getting the hardware, clean the ROM and install CM?
posted on Jul 29, 2014, 11:05 PM 0
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This is not surprising. Xioami started as a project financed by the Chinese government, so probably they still control it in behind
posted on Jul 30, 2014, 1:00 AM 0
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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 Dec 18, 2014, 12:43 AM 0
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