BLU phones back on sale on Amazon, BLU claims reports of data breaches were a "false alarm"

BLU devices have returned for sale to Amazon, and Blu has clarified that the withdrawal from the ecommerce website was a false alarm.

BLU phones have come under the scanner for data breach. Wikimedia.

BLU phones have come under the scanner for data breach. Wikimedia.

In a statement made to the Engadget it said, " the company said that any data its devices still collect is merely 'standard for OTA functionality' and 'does not affect any user's privacy or security'.

The issue of data breach erupted in 2016 when Kryptowire, a security provider, had released a statement saying that it has 'identified several models of Android mobile devices that contained firmware that collected sensitive personal data about their users and transmitted this sensitive data to third party servers without disclosure or the users consent.' Some of the models in this case were BLU R1 HD As per its findings these devices were bought from Amazon and other ecommerce websites. Data breached included, IMEI, IMSI, cellphone contact list, call history, messages. The firmware in whose system the uniethically captured data was collected was Shanghai Adups Technology Co. Ltd.

Accepting its fault, BLU pledged to not repeat the same mistake, and the phones were on sale again. However, at this years, BlackHat Conference, Kryptowire had alleged that some of the BLU devices were still breaching the data of its users which was collected by Adups firmware.

Headquartered in Miami, this US based company makes Android phones. It has been in the phone making business since 1995. Other than tablets it is also into manufacturing of tablets.


Published Date: Aug 06, 2017 03:47 pm | Updated Date: Aug 06, 2017 03:47 pm