Xiaomi Caught In Middle Of Malware

Security firm finds preinstalled malware on Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone

We are certain the device that Bluebox tested is not using a standard MIUI ROM, as our factory ROM and OTA ROM builds are never rooted and we don’t pre-install services such as YT Service, PhoneGuardService, AppStats etc. Bluebox could have purchased a phone that has been tampered with, as they bought it via a physical retailer in China. Xiaomi does not sell phones via third-party retailers in China, only via our official online channels and selected carrier stores.
— Hugo Barra, VP International

I must side with Xiaomi on this one.

As I’ve pointed out numerous times here, Xiaomi and Lei Jun are constantly banging the drum against Xiaomi counterfeits and insisting the only trustworthy source of their products is Xiaomi itself.

March 11, 2015 update: Thanks to E.T. in Comments, we now know the Mi 4 tested was a fake! Always buy from trusted sources!

Previously here:

Fake Mi Note On Taobao
Fraud Alert: Fake Xiaomi Power Banks On Amazon India
Fake: Xiaomi And Apple Store
Fakes: Counterfeit MiBand, Phony MiCar
Counterfeit Xiaomi Power Banks

5 Comments

Filed under Android, Fraud, Infowar

5 responses to “Xiaomi Caught In Middle Of Malware

  1. A phone with that much junk on it would never have gotten so popular. It’s good advice to buy right from them instead.

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