Yup, you read it right. The titleâ€™s no bad joke, neither a typo.
Meizu is under serious suspicion of sneaking into itâ€™s usersâ€™ personal information via infusing itâ€™s Android-based operating system â€“ Flyme OS â€“ with spyware.
The whole scandal has been stated by a long-time Meizufans Forum member: Naphtha. According to the userâ€™sÂ lookups, the system APKâ€™s â€“ especially ones in the latest beta â€“ feature different malicious viruses. These reports are underlined by the results of VirusTotal, causing even AVG toÂ enthuse aboutÂ the case:
While the official Italian distributor claims it is a false positive, another screenshot may be able to prove the difference, showing that security outbreaks existed for even longer:
According to Naphthaâ€™s claimÂ there are even more â€śinfectedâ€ť systems apps â€“ â€śMzAccountâ€ť as an example. The long-time forum member claimsÂ even more security issues exist and approximately around 4-5 apps could be infected, causing unwanted data traffic from Flyme powered devices.
Besides spying on itâ€™s humble customers, and also resulting in unwantedÂ battery drain and traffic usage to the end user (with absolutely no permission, of course), thereâ€™s another question to marvel at.. Is this the main reason forÂ the Chinese manufacturerÂ to keep away from releasing any source code? What else could they be hiding, as we donâ€™t seem to know much â€“ or actually anything â€“ of whatâ€™s behind the scenesÂ of theÂ daily-driver apps weâ€™ve already gotten familiar with?
Weâ€™ll keep you updated about the case, as we canâ€™t resistÂ to find out either..