Friday, July 05, 2019

China installing surveillance apps on travelers' phones

By Harper Neidig - 07/02/19 12:48 PM EDT

Chinese authorities are reportedly installing surveillance apps on tourists’ phones at certain border crossings that collect data and scan for a range of files, according to a sweeping new investigation.


Researchers told the outlets that the Android app scans for more than 73,000 different files. Many are related to Islamic extremist groups, including publications from ISIS and images of executions.

But the list of files also includes segments from the Quran, portions of an Arabic dictionary and a photo of the Dalai Lama. For some reason, a song from a Japanese heavy metal band is also on the list.

The app also sweeps up text messages and contact information from the devices.

Researchers told the outlets that the app appears to be the work of a Chinese telecom manufacturer that is partly owned by the government called FiberHome.


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