August 4, 2014 by ...
Xiaomi’s Redmi phone has been found to covertly contact a server in Beijing and copy them on your text messages and pictures too. The phone in question did so even when outside the Chinese mainland. With so many cocerns about data security, especially with Chinese brands such as Huawei and ZTE, the recent news is alarming.
The story is that a guy in Hong Kong found his Redmi phone connecting to a Beijing serve and transmitting data. He did not have the phone connected to the cloud so that could not have been the reason. Research showed that the server in question was in Beijing and belonged to some governmental body. This would be an obvious blow to Xiaomi, I mean who wants to trust a company that may be cc’ing Beijing on all your messages?
This is of particular concern insofar as it was recently shown that Chinese made Star N9500 phones shipped with malware right out of the box. These cell kleptos were positioned to snatch your data right out of the box. Even worse, the malicious code was in the firmware and could not be removed. People are rightfully afraid.
Rather than man up and take the accusations seriously, Xiaomi, for their part, seems less than concerned. Through Hugo Barrara they initially said it was being looked into and then hit us up with boiler plate, ‘we obey all laws of the countries in which we operate. blah blah blah.’
Of course this is less than reassuring when the country in which Xiaomi servers are located is China, whose laws are less than exemplary.
Xiaomi’s latest comment on the issue was literally ‘An internet service that do not concern users’ privacy.’
Sorry Xiaomi, but shipping off my data to an unknown and undisclosed location is definitely a concern, especially when it comes to privacy. This is even more true when I cannot disable this function.
How about some transparency?