Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hidden costs

...that's what you may be in for when you buy from the lowest-cost source:
If anyone reading this owns a ZTE Score M Android smartphone, your device has been found to include a backdoor allowing root access without user authentication.
The discovery of the backdoor comes via a post on the text storage website Pastebin. It has since been confirmed via Reddit by Justin Case of Cunning Logic and TeamAndIRC. He has confirmed with someone at ZTE that the backdoor does indeed exist and that a fix is in the works.
ZTE is a Chinese company... Karl Denninger reports it's the 5th largest telecommunications manufacturer in the world. 

After last year's consumer product safety concerns, and this latest in a trend of electronic "extras," maybe people will start thinking of "Made in China" as a warning, not a discount.

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