Bluebox Fell for a Fake Mi 4 Smartphone With Pre-Installed Malware, Xiaomi Claims
Had mobile security company Bluebox not published that blog post which reported about Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone with pre-installed malware, Xiaomi would not have come to aid those poor fellows who could be deceived and sold counterfeit devices.
I pity those who were buying fake and faulty ‘Xiaomi handsets.’ Those smartphones were not only counterfeits of Xiaomi phones, but were excessively full of malware, adware and spyware.
After rigorously testing the device, Bluebox had found pre-installed malware on the device, which it firmly believed was a genuine Xiaomi product. “Ultimately we found six suspicious apps that can be considered malware, spyware or adware,” the mobile security firm observed after scanning the smartphone with its trusted tool.
The alleged smartphone maker has elucidated its position on the issue in an email to IBTimes UK. “As this device is not an original Xiaomi product, and not running an official Xiaomi MIUI software build, Bluebox’s findings are completely inaccurate and not representative of Xiaomi devices,” Xiaomi explained. “We believe Bluebox jumped to a conclusion too quickly without a fully comprehensive investigation.”
Despite the counter arguments and clarification from Xiaomi, the reality is, however, not very plain. Bluebox, which is considered a trusted name in mobile security matters, was also very certain about the accuracy of its findings. It explained its procedure of testing the device in a detailed way:
To determine if the device is a fake, there are a variety of hardware factors one can look at both on the surface of the device, under the battery cover, and in the components used (e.g. the CPU type). Additionally, there is an app called “Mi Identification” that can be run on the device to determine if the device is legitimate or not. Based on this testing, we determined that our Xiaomi Mi4 LTE was, in fact, legitimate.
This smartphone which has instigated a fire of hot arguments had installed fake versions of benchmarking apps such as Antuto — the app, upon which “tests” were run in order to determine the legitimacy of the hardware. Additionally, the device came with “a version of Xiaomi’s own identification app which is used to verify the validity of the hardware,” IBTimes notes.
If you can make any distinction between the original device and the counterfeit, or you simply want to comment on the story, do leave a comment below!
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.