Want A Huawei P30 Pro? You Should Know That It May Be Sending Data To Chinese Servers Without Your Permission….

It seems that Huawei may be sending data from its new P30 Pro handset via Chinese servers without your permission. The report comes from a Taiwanese paper which talks of a handset purchased in Thailand which when tested was sending data to a Chinese server on the down low:

A brand new Huawei P30 Pro smartphone has been found to be sending queries and possibly data to Chinese government servers, without the user having signed up for any Huawei services, reported OCWorkbench.

The Facebook page ExploitWareLabs at 5:32 p.m. on Sunday uploaded a post which included a list of DNS (Domain Name System) queries being delivered behind the scenes from a new Huawei P30 Pro. A DNS query (also known as a DNS request) is a demand for information sent from a user’s computer (DNS client) to a DNS server.

In layman’s terms, it means the phone could potentially be automatically transferring user data back to cloud servers run by the Chinese government, unbeknownst to the device’s owner.

The list of DNS addresses includes beian.gov.cn, which was registered by Alibaba Cloud and managed by China’s Ministry of Public Security, according to Whois.com. Another frequently listed request was sent to china.com.cn, which was registered by EJEE Group and operated by China’s state-run mouthpiece the China Internet Information Center, according to Whois.com.

According to ExploitWareLabs, all of these queries were sent to Chinese government-run servers despite the fact that the user had not configured the phone for any Huawei services, such as Huawei ID or any Hi services.

Well, that’s not going to inspire any confidence that Huawei can be trusted. But to be fair to Huawei, the issue hasn’t been replicated on any other handsets. Though its a safe bet that people are trying to do so as I type this. I also haven’t found any evidence that Huawei has tried to spin comment on this. But they are going to have to sooner or later.

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