ZTE Suspected of Espionage in 2016

Are you concerned with the Trump administration lifting sanctions on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE? In 2016, ZTE was one of 43 companies that cybersecurity company Trustlook identified as possibly engaging in espionage due to ZTE’s work with ADUPS, a firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) company discovered by Kryptowire to be collecting private user information without consent.

The New York Times reported up to 700 million devices may contain the ADUPS software. Trustlook researchers conducted additional investigation and identified 43 phone manufacturers, including ZTE, that utilized the ADUPS’ Firmware-Over-The-Air (FOTA), and whose users might possibly be impacted by this incident. Trustlook also published an infographic with additional details on ADUPS.

The manufacturers with devices that contain ADUPS technology (which may or may not be impacted by the data theft) are as follows:
Aaron Electronics
Aeon Mobile
All Win Tech
Amoi Technology
Archos
AUX
Bird
BLU
Cellon
Coship Mobile
DEWAV Communication Group
DEXP Digital Experience
Eastaeon Technology
Electronic Technology Co.
Gionee
GOSO
Hisense
Hongyu
Huaqin
Huiye
Inventec Corporation
Konka Group Co
Lenovo
Logicom
Longcheer
Malata Mobile
Mediatek Helio
Prestigio
Ragentek
RDA Micro
Reallytek
RUIO
Sanmu
Sprocomm
Tinno
Uniscope
VSUN
Water World Technology Co.
Wind Communication
WingTech
Yifang Digital
Zhuhai Quanzhi
ZTE

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