Baidu Spyware on Sony Xperia Smartphones
Sony Xperia Smartphones with Android 4.4.2 or 4.4.4 KitKat versions have been allegedly found to send user data back to China-based servers of Baidu. The alleged Baidu spyware was found after users reported a strange folder named.
The alleged spyware was found after users reported a strange folder named “Baidu.” The folder appeared automatically with no user permission and it automatically reappears even if it is deleted with admin rights or from Safe Mode.
“Just unpacked my Sony Z3 compact, haven’t installed a single app and its connecting to China,” a Reddit user said. “I am not so concerned about the folder itself but my phone now has a constant connection to an IP address in Beijing which I am not too happy about.”
At first sight, the “my Xperia” service seems to create the Baidu folder every time it connects to its servers.
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Also, the folder’s contents have been reported to send pings to a server in China.
Other users alleged that the Baidu folder helps the Chinese government spy on users.
Among alleged permissions, the spyware can read status and device identity, make videos and take pictures, get location data, read memory contents and change system settings — all without user consent.
Source: Lucian Ciolacu
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