Chinese authorities buy Trojans to spy on users iOS and Android




Public Security Department of Wenzhou City Trojans purchased for tracking smartphone users, according to Epochtimes . Propaganda Department of the CPC Central Committee ordered to remove all information about this in the Beijing-controlled segment of the Internet.


December 15, 2014 on the official website of the Economic and Technological Development Area, Wenzhou City of Zhejiang Province was reported that the District Directorate of Security bought two Trojan applications – for 49,000 yuan (US $ 7.9 thousand.) And 100,000 yuan (US $ 16 thousand.) . These spyware can track phone calls, SMS-messages, photos and other data on smartphones with operating systems on Android and iOS. iPhone and iPad must go through a pre-jailbreak.

Malicious software developed by Wuhan Hongxin Telecommunication Technologies Co., working with the Committee for the Control and Management of State Property of the PRC.

Information on the website of the district administration discovered Chinese bloggers and began to actively distribute it in social networks. Soon the message from the site disappeared, but by the time it is widely spread through the Internet and caused a wave of discontent and criticism of the authorities.

“The authorities did not hide the fact that watching us with the Trojans, and this is the worst” – outraged Chinese users.

“It is legal? We’re actively criticized the United States after revelations Snowden, and our situation is not better “- writes another blogger.

“So we turned into criminals and the guardians of the law,” – says another user.

In recent years, increasingly there is information that the Chinese smartphones are sold with built-in backdoors. In late December, the US company Palo Alto Networks reported that the Chinese smartphone Coolpad (the sixth largest manufacturer of these gadgets in the world) found an application that provides remote access to all phone functions.

In June 2014 the German company G Data has detected spyware application in Chinese phones Star N9500. Backdoor was installed at the manufacturing stage and can not get rid of it by conventional methods.

Even smartphones Sony, in particular in models Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, which are made in China, was also detected spyware program sends the information to Chinese servers. For the average user to remove it did not seem possible.

A similar program has been detected by F-Secure in smartphones Xiaomi. The phone sends the name of the owner, his phone number, device ID, address book data and text messages on servers in Beijing.

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