Gionee malware

Gionee the manufacturers of QMobiles in Pakistan is found guilty by a Chinese court for placing malware in 20 million smartphones. Since QMobile in Pakistan is buying their products so malware is thought to present in smartphones of QMobile company as well.

The news came to folk’s knowledge through Chinese court as it announced its verdict about finding the company guilty. The Gionee company is charged for intentionally injecting smartphone devices with the malware Trojan Horse virus.

Shenzhen Zhipu Technology Co. Limited is a subsidiary of Gionee company which infected the phones with the Trojan Horse virus through a software update using the “Story Lock Screen” application. 

This Malicious activity resulted in unsolicited advertisements and attacks on smartphone users’ privacy resulting in financial gains attained through data selling of users.

The malware affected about 21.75 million smartphones to be exact worldwide which earned the company around $4.2 million. The expenditure during that time period was just below $1.3 million.

The “Dark Hose Program” affected the first device in December  2018. So, the scam started back in 2018 and continued till 2019. During that period, of course, users had no idea what was going on.

Four people were found guilty as part of this trial, Jia Zhengqiant, Pan Qi, Xu Li, and Zhu Yig. They were sentenced to 3 to 3.5 years in prison and have been ordered to pay a fine of CNY200,000 ($30,000) each.

It is to be noted that the United States of America has already blamed China for spying and data-stealing and this case will prove the U.S point. 

 

Bushra Rao
Bushra Rao is a Senior Content Manager at PakistaniTech covering a wide variety of news from the digital world. She has graduated in Telecom Engineering from Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan Campus. You can reach out to her at bushra@pakistanitech.com

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