Why Lithuanian Government Warns Against China’s Use of Cell Phones

This was the warning given to my citizens of Lithuania Those who own a smartphone made in China.

He also advised the government not to buy a new device from that Asian country.

“Our recommendation is not to buy new Chinese telephones and to get rid of those which have already been purchased as soon as possible,” Deputy Defense Minister Margaris Apockevisius said on Tuesday (9/21).

The warning follows a report from the Lithuanian National Cybersecurity Center, which carried out tests on several models of cell phones.

The researchers determined that the device manufactured by the company xiaomi She had supervisory duties for terms and words included in the operating system.

Another model produced by Huawei, maybe you can be vulnerable to cyber attacks.

The Xiaomi logo in a store in Shanghai, China. Photo: Reuters / Ali Song

According to the Lithuanian expert report, the Mi 10T 5G smartphone, which is Xiaomi’s flagship, has A program that can detect and control conditions Like “Free Tibet” or “Long live Taiwan independence” or “Democratic Movement”.

In the document, it was also confirmed that over 440 terms can be monitored by the applications installed on the device, including the default internet browser.

In Europe, the phrase or word censorship feature on a smartphone has been disabled, but the report says it can be re-enabled remotely at any time.

Until this report closed, Xiaomi had not responded to the BBC’s request for answers and comments on the matter.

The authors of the investigation also found that the Chinese company device was Transfer of encrypted phone usage data to a server located in Singapore.

“This is important not only for Lithuania, but for all countries that use Xiaomi equipment,” added the report officials.

The smartphone maker has recently gained popularity after providing a number of affordable models.

This strategy led the company to increase its turnover by 64% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the previous year.

The possibility of cyber attacks

Huawei and ZTE classified as threats to US national security – Photo: Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters

The investigation also revealed a flaw in the Huawei P40 5G, which put users in it The risk of an IT security breach.

“AppGallery, Huawei’s official app store, directs users to third-party email addresses, where some apps have been classified by antivirus software as malicious or infected with viruses,” a joint statement from the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense and the National Center. Electronic security.

A spokesperson for Huawei told the BBC that the company complies with the laws and regulations of the countries in which it operates and prioritizes cybersecurity and privacy.

“The data is not processed outside the Huawei device,” he said.

AppGallery collects and processes only the data necessary to enable its customers to find, install and manage third-party apps, just like other app stores. [fazem]”he added.

Huawei also performs security checks to ensure that a user downloads only “secure applications,” the company notes.

The Lithuanian research team also looked at a 5G model made by OnePlus. The conclusion was that he had no problem.

The release of the document comes at a time of growing tensions between Lithuania and China.

Last month, China asked Lithuania to withdraw its ambassador from Beijing and said it would in turn recall its diplomatic envoy from Vilnius, the country’s capital in Europe.

The dispute began when Taiwan announced it would open representative offices in Lithuania.

Other Taiwanese Embassies in Europe and the United States They use the name of the country’s capital, Taipei, to avoid a direct reference to the direct name of the island itself, which China claims to be part of its territory.

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