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Gionee found guilty of installing malware on over 20 million smartphones



A Chinese court has announced the verdict in the case of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Gionee. It appears that Gionee installed the Trojan on more than 20 million devices to get money from unwanted ads and other malicious activities without the user’s knowledge.

Shenzhen Zhipu Technology Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Gionee, deployed the Trojans using the Story Lock Screen application. The first devices infected with the “Dark Horse” program appeared in December 2018. The “work” was carried out until October 2019, and during this period the company reportedly earned about 4.2 million dollars, which affected 21.75 million smartphones.

Xu Li, Zhu Ying, Jia Zhengqiang, and Pan Qi were found guilty of illegal mobile device management and sentenced to 3 to 3.5 years in prison and a fine of 200,000 yuan (~ $ 30,000) each.

This seems to be a common practice with cheap Chinese smartphones, and other companies have also been found guilty of the same malicious activity, Infinix and Tecno are some of them.

Source: gsmarena

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