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Panic ensued on Tuesday when it was reported that some Android phones were having their information (texts, contacts etc) sent to a remote Chinese server.
According to the report, this was made possible by a software created by Adups. A security firm, Kryptowire, discovered through research and investigation that the software was sending data from devices back to servers in China. 
The software was at the time, reportedly affecting phones from various different manufacturers, including ZTE, Huawei, and BLU devices. The BLU phones that were affected were fixed through a software update according to the original report following acknowledgement of the issue by BLU, but it wasn’t until today that ZTE had issued a statement themselves, which sought to reassure U.S. customers of ZTE devices that no ZTE phones in the U.S. had been affected by the Adups software.

Chinese company Huawei have added their voice reassuring consumers of their dedication and that things would be smoothed out. The statement said; "We take their customer’s privacy and security very seriously,” they added that the company who contracted Adups is not an approved supplier and that they have never conducted any form of business with them. With that in mind, it still must raise a little bit of concern for users of devices from any of these manufacturers, but more to the point it serves as nice reminder that customers should only be purchasing their devices through legitimate means, such as official retailers that partner up with companies like Huawei, ZTE, and BLU.
The company which sold the devices with the Adups software is reportedly Chinese though their name is as yet undisclosed.
What this means in essence is that the actual manufacturers (Huawei, ZTE etc) were not involved in the scandal. 

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Software that has been installed on some Android phones, mostly low end ones have apparently been secretly monitoring users, sending keyword-searchable and full-text message archives to a Chinese server every 72 hours.

All this is according to a security firm called Kryptowire who conducted research into the matter.

The software has done a fair bit more also tracking users’ location data and call logs and was written by the Chinese company Shanghai Adups Technology Company.

The grand plan though be it state surveillance or advertising is unknown. “This isn’t a vulnerability, it’s a feature,” Kryptowire vice president of product Tom Karygiannis said speaking to online news agency The Verge.

According to Adups, they have the software running on more than 700 million phones and have partnered with some major manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE.
At least one US manufacturer, BLU Products, was affected, with 120,000 phones reportedly running the tracking software.

“BLU Products has identified and has quickly removed a recent security issue caused by a third party application which had been collecting unauthorized personal data in the form of text messages, call logs, and contacts from customers using a limited number of BLU mobile devices,” the company said in a statement.
The scope of the Adups problem “is far more extensive,” according to Karygiannis. He added that Adups logs more specific information on users without their knowledge, and through pre-installed software.
Adups have so far not said anything on the matter.
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