Chinese phone manufacturer caught using a backdoor but it's not Huawei or ZTE

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Xiaomi has been collecting user data from its browsers including the two listed in the Google Play Store (Mi Browser Pro and the Mint Browser). Xiaomi will send out an update that ends this ...
Last year, Xiaomi was the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world after shipping approximately 125.5 million units. The company has done an amazing job in India, the world's second-largest smartphone market. That's because Xiaomi produces handsets priced appropriately for the developing country; using a value for money retail strategy, Xiaomi has done very well in India.

Xiaomi's browsers have been sending user data to servers registered in Beijing

For years now, we have been waiting for Xiaomi to invade America, but year after year such a move has never come . And outside of OnePlus, Chinese phone manufacturers aren't exactly being greeted in the U.S. with open arms. Even ZTE, which was the fourth-largest smartphone shipper in the states in 2018, dropped out of the top five after being banned from accessing its U.S. supply chain. And no Chinese smartphone manufacturer wants to get the same treatment that the U.S. has given Huawei.

While Xiaomi has always tried to give the impression that it was "China's Apple" and above the fray, the company has now found itself accused of using a backdoor to send user information to a server. According to Forbes , a cybersecurity expert named Gabi Cirlig discovered some strange behavior on his Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 . He found that Xiaomi's default browser was recording all of the websites he visited. Even searches made with the privacy-first search engine DuckDuck Go and websites…
Alan Friedman
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