Enter Sony X(spy)ria,Sony devices that contain spyware:


 

Here's the spyware, there's the spyware, where's the spyware ?

Here’s the spyware, there’s the spyware, where’s the spyware ?

Have you heard about Baidu? Well,if you own a Sony smartphone that sports the 4.4.2 or 4.4.4 Kit-Kat firmware then chances are that Baidu has heard of you and is also sending personal data to a Chinese server,neat huh? In addition to the above the folder that contains the spyware in embedded inside the firmware,so even if you delete it every time your phone (in fact the My Xperia service of it) establishes a connection with the web the folder is recreated all over again, of course without your measly  permission.It hasn’t been yet confirmed to whom this server might belong or what kind of data it receives.Feeling safe? Don’t.Seems that our good friend the Chinese government has the toys to change settings,know your location,manipulate your apps and other lovelies that obliterate user-provider confidentiality.So for the million dollar question:how do to know if you have it or not and how to get rid of it,if you do.According to user reports the spyware “contaminated” devices have a file called Baidu installed that establishes the connection with the server.Got it?The removal process is posted in detail here:

http://thehackernews.com/2014/10/sony-xperia-devices-secretly-sending.html

Makes you feel all warm inside that your trusty HTC will never spy on you,doesn’t it?Well think again,users reported having the same issue on their HTC devices too, more specifically on the One M7 and OneX. What’s Sony’s stand on this?Sony declared that they are aware of the problem and the next firmware issues will not have it.Oh,and if you already have it then you will probably have to wait for the new Android Lollipop versιon coming out in January.That’s all guys and don’t forget: even smartphones have ears nowadays 😉

Sources: http://thehackernews.com/2014/10/sony-xperia-devices-secretly-sending.html, http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/2kjrev/sony_xperia_phones_come_preloaded_with_baidu/, https://talk.sonymobile.com/t5/Xperia-Z-ZL-ZR/Unknown-folder-baidu-is-created-on-starting-phone-each-time/td-p/819877/page/5

Image courtesy of :  www.cnet.com

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2 thoughts on “Enter Sony X(spy)ria,Sony devices that contain spyware:

  1. Geesh. If the spyware is incorporated in the hardware, how is my anti-virus and anti-spyware program supposed to catch it? You’re right – it hard to expect to maintain one’s own privacy these days.

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  2. Well you know what they say, knowledge is power,surely I don’t expect everyone to have a computer engineer level-of-knowledge but it’s good to stay up to date

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