A Chinese court has issued a judgment in a case involving Chinese smartphone manufacturer Gionee. It appears that Gionee has built a Trojan horse on more than 20 million devices without the user’s knowledge to make money from unwanted advertising and other malicious activity.
Shenzhen Zhipu Technology Co ,. Ltd., a subsidiary of Gionee, has implanted a Trojan horse through a software update using the so-called “Story Lock Screen” application. The first devices to be infected with Dark Horse were in December 2018. The work was completed until October 2019, and the company is estimated to have earned approximately $ 4.2 million during that period, affecting 21.75 million smartphones. Expenses for this period are just under $ 1.3 million.
Xu Li, Zhu Jin, Jiang Zhengjiang and Pan Qi were found guilty of illegally controlling mobile devices and are sentenced to 3 to 3.5 years in prison, as well as a fine of CNY 200,000 (~ $ 30,000) each.
While this is shocking, it seems to be a common practice with low-cost Chinese smartphones, and other companies have been found guilty of the same abuse, Infinix and Tecno being among them.
Source (Chinese Language) | Through