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2021-09-22T08:35:13.590Z

Lithuania's Ministry of Defense has advised residents not to buy Chinese-made smartphones - and to throw existing ones in the bin. The country's cyber system claims that the phones include a content censorship system



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First country in Europe: Do not buy Shiomi devices

Lithuania's Ministry of Defense has advised residents not to buy Chinese-made smartphones - and to throw existing ones in the bin.

The country's cyber system claims that the phones include a content censorship system, and that some of the information is transmitted to a server in Singapore

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Yinon Ben Shoshan

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 10:34 Updated: 11:27

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Shiomi (Photo: Walla! Technology, Yinon Ben-Shoshan)

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Lithuania's Ministry of Defense has advised consumers in the country to refrain from buying smartphones from Chinese technology giant Shiomi, and even recommended that those who have already purchased a device be thrown in the trash - according to a report in the Reuters news agency.

The reason: a government report that revealed that the phones have a system for locating and censoring content.



According to the publication, Lithuania's cyber system has identified that Shiomi's smartphones have a censorship mechanism that can detect expressions around political issues - and block them, such as "liberate Tibet", "Long live Taiwan's" and "democracy movement".

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The phones have a system for locating and censoring content (Photo: AP)

In a statement from the Lithuanian cyber array, they specifically referred to Shiomi's Mi 10T 5G model, noting that the censorship mechanism embedded in the devices is disabled in the EU.

However, they say it is a feature that can be activated remotely at any time.



"Our recommendation is not to buy new Chinese phones and get rid of those that have already been purchased as quickly as possible," Deputy Defense Minister Margiris Abouquichius said in a press release.

In addition, the publication of the cyber system shows that Shiomi's smartphones send encrypted usage data to a server in Singapore about the nature of the use of the device.

"It's important for people to be aware of the significance of buying Chinese phones"

Dr. Harel Manshari, Head of Cyber ​​at HIT Holon Institute of Technology and one of the founders of the Shin Bet's cyber network, explains that "Shiomi, like other Chinese companies, is committed to following the Chinese regime's instructions and this issue is enshrined in legislation. We know that the Chinese regime is pursuing a strategy that seeks to take over the world's communications systems and transfer vast databases to China.



" China. The goal is to establish big data centers based on this information that will help the Chinese regime become the world's leading power. "



According to Dr. Manshari, the legislation binds the commercial companies. "China requires them to allow Chinese intelligence to reach the production lines and implant backdoors as well as perform inspections for the Chinese government and install software components in operating systems with the goal of transmitting information to servers in China."

"The goal is to transmit information to servers in China" (Photo: Walla! Technology, Yinon Ben-Shoshan)

"Last year a German researcher proved that once you turn on a Shiomi device it starts transmitting data to servers in China without the user's knowledge or consent - it can not be called anything other than spyware. It is important that people are aware of the importance of buying Chinese phones. The competition is between Samsung or Apple. However, in return, the user will have to transfer information into the hands of a foreign power. "

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