As many of you already know by now BLU a company based in Miami Florida that boasts over 35 Million Devices sold worldwide was caught in the crosshairs of Kryptowire a Security Company,a company Jump started by DARPA and DHS S&T .KryptoWire stated that it had identified several models of Android mobile devices that contained firmware that collected sensitive personal data about their users and transmitted this sensitive data to third-party servers without disclosure or the users consent. These devices were available through major US-based online retailers (Amazon, BestBuy, for example) and included popular smartphones such as the BLU R1 HD.
According to Kryptowire the Personally identifiable Informations included information such as : full-body of text messages, contact lists, call history with full telephone numbers, unique device identifiers including the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) and the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI).According to Kryptowire the monitoring activities took place using a commercial Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update software system that was shipped with the Android devices we tested and were managed by a company named Shanghai Adups Technology Co. Ltd.
As Expected,Adups has assured BLU, Google, and their customers that any of the unintentionally collected data has been destroyed.In any case The Following Models of Phones are shown to have been infected:
- R1 HD
- Energy X Plus 2
- Studio Touch
- Advance 4.0 L2
- Neo XL
- Energy Diamond
Furthermore BLU has stated that to confirm or check whether your device is affected the following steps will aid in that,
- Select Settings in the App Drawer
- Scroll down and select Apps in the Settings Menu
- Select Menu Icon
- Click ‘Show system’
- Scroll down and select ‘Wireless Update’
BLU also has twu ways they can be reached for further questions or enquiries:at 1-877-602-8762 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let us know in the Comment section whether you have been affected or what you Plan on doing with your Phone,and Good Luck.
Source:www.kryptowire.com and http://bluproducts.com/security/