As recently told by Amazon to CNET this week, the e-commerce giant has decided to suspend the sales of mobile devices made by Blu on its official website. The reason for the removal reportedly has something to do with a potential security issue. This decision from Amazon came after Kryptowire, a security firm, showed last week how Blu devices possess software that had the ability to gather potentially sensitive or private information, and transmit them to servers located in China, without the knowledge and permission of the owners of the handsets.
A research team from Black Hat recently revealed during its security conference held just this week in the city of Las Vegas in the state of Nevada that a certain number of mobile devices are collecting potentially sensitive information (without the permission of the device’s owners) to servers based in China.
According to a report released by security firm Kryptowire, certain commercial firmware preloaded on a number of Android powered mobile devices released in the United States smartphone market are actually transmitting personal information to a third party in China. The personal information being sent consisted of mobile users’ contacts lists, phone call logs, text messages, data on app usage, and even location information. Perhaps one of the most pressing questions right now is which devices exactly have this firmware preinstalled?
While mobile giants like Apple and Samsung are waging a battle for smartphone supremacy, especially in the area of premium priced handsets, players such as Alcatel OneTouch, Freetel, and Blu are locked in a heated skirmish of their own, fighting for dominion over the sub-$300 smartphone market in the United States.
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