If you remember, there was a report yesterday that a fairly large number of Android smartphones in the US had been affected by a software called Adups, which according to Kryptowire (the security firm which discovered the software) was sending data from these devices back to servers in China.
BLU, an American manufactutrer, had already acknowledged yesterday that a number of their phones had been affected, but also dealt with through a software update, other manufacturers were simply mentioned, including OEMs like ZTE and Huawei. Today, ZTE USA has confirmed that none of their phones in the U.S. have been affected by the Adups software.
In a statement from ZTE, the company mentions that no U.S. ZTE devices “have ever had the Adups software installed on them, and will not.” ZTE followed this statement up by pointing out that they take security and privacy very seriously and that it is and always will be a leading priority for them.
We confirm that no ZTE devices in the U.S. have ever had the Adups software cited in recent news reports installed on them, and will not. ZTE always makes security and privacy a top priority for our customers. We will continue to ensure customer privacy and information remain protected.
Huawei has also chimed in, issuing an official response on the situation.In Huawei’s official statement, they mention that they “take their customer’s privacy and security very seriously,” following that up by saying that the company who contracted Adups is not an approved supplier and that they have never conducted any form of business with them.
Huawei takes our customers’ privacy and security very seriously, and we work diligently to safeguard that privacy and security. The company mentioned in this report is not on our list of approved suppliers, and we have never conducted any form of business with them.
Both Huawei and ZTE have outright denied any such backdoors being present on their devices so if you have bought devices from any of these manufacturers, this should come as a relief but more importantly, a reminder that you should purchase devices only from licensed partners and stores.