Chinese domain market : Your phone data gets uploaded to China

Chinese domain market report.

About 700 million Android devices sent private data to China, every 72 hours, since July.

Shanghai based ADUPS Technology Co. collected SMS messages and call logs, according to Trustlook.

ADUPS denies the allegations, scrambling to state that the data was collected “only for the purposes of its legitimate business interests and as necessary to provide the FOTA services and customer support to its customers.”

Right, we’ll take your word for it, ADUPS. Not.

Chinese technology companies are overwhelmingly working with China’s government to ensure that the latter isn’t criticized.

Meanwhile, we’re tracking the final trade sessions of the Chinese domain market for 2016, a year that fizzled out already since mid-summer.

We keep track of .CN, .COM and .NET domains in the 2-4 character range, and report on domains that change hands; as volume of sales has plummeted, we only report on China’s domain market every few days.

Here is today’s list, spanning December 13th to December 16th.

We see a bunch of LLLL .CN domains changing hands, which makes sense, as their .COM counterparts have been traded to oblivion in the past 2 years.

Happy Holidays!

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One Response to “Chinese domain market : Your phone data gets uploaded to China”
  1. This only affected Chinese Android phones, which aren’t all that popular in Western markets–and even then, only one brand that sells in the US, BLU, was affected. (Source: As a general rule, if you buy a cheap phone with firmware made in China–no matter what OS it runs–it’s going to have vulnerabilities. Security regulation is pretty much nonexistent in China. Fortunately, nearly all Chinese phones are sold in China. Several Chinese brands are trying to make headway in Western markets (OnePlus, Huawei, Xaomi), but they’ve had a hard time competing with Samsung. OnePlus has a strong following, but seems to have relatively secure firmware. I tend to prefer vanilla Android and iOS, directly from Google and Apple, respectively; that’s usually your best bet for a secure device, though both have encountered some rocky terrain lately.

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