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

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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31 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

This is going to be good :) /popcorn

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

18. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

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

2. aman5mathur

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

someone is in deep deep trouble

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

OH SNAP!!!

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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?

11. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

quilty? As in crafty? ;-)

5. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 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

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

9. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

17. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

25. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 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.

8. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Chinese oem cant be trusted!

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

12. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 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.

19. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

13. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Whoa...

16. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

14. gigantos

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 25, 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.

20. chaoscauser

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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

22. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

I would imagine you can block it with a firewall

21. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Y u spy Shiao mi? Me no like.

23. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

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

24. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 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.

27. RandomAshole

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

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

29. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

No, didn't you read the article?

28. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

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

30. JJOPQ

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 15, 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

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