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Gionee reportedly found guilty of putting malware in more than 20 million phones

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 8th December, 2020 10:57:31 AM
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Chinese smartphone maker Gionee has been reportedly been pronounced guilty in a case. According to the court, the smartphone manufacturer planted a Trojan Horse on more than 20 million devices in order to make money from unsolicited ads and other malicious activities without the knowledge of the user.

The Shenzhen Zhipu Technology Co. Ltd. - a subsidiary of Gionee, implanted a Trojan Horse using a software update and utilising the "Story Lock Screen" app.

The initial batch of devices which were infected with the "Dark Horse Program" was back in December 2018. The infecting was carried out until October 2019 and for that whole period, the company was said to have earned around $4.2 million, affecting 21.75 million smartphones. The expenses during that period were just a smidge below $1.3 million.

Xu Li, Zhu Ying, Jia Zhengqiang and Pan Qi were found guilty in the process of illegally controlling mobile devices and were sentenced from 3 to 3.5 years in prison and a CNY 200,000 which is around Rs 21 lakh fine each.

The development was first reported by cnBeta website.

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