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Beijing’s Plan to Track 17 Million People’s Cell Phones Raises Concerns

Posted by Author on March 8, 2011


Authorities in Beijing are planning to track more than 17 million people in the city via their cell phones, according to state-run media reports last week. The proposed plan is supposedly aimed at improving traffic management. But it’s also sparking concerns over privacy issues.

Beijing is notorious for traffic congestion. An unnamed employee from Beijing’s Municipal Science and Technology Commission told state-run China Daily the tracking plan would provide real-time traffic and population data—to help citizens plan better travel routes. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Most Sophisticated’ Android Trojan Surfaces in China

Posted by Author on December 30, 2010


pcmag.com, Dec. 30, 2010 –

Geinimi, a highly sophisticated Trojan, has been detected in Android devices in China.

However, it appears to be more of a sign of things to come rather than a serious threat to U.S. Android users.

Dubbed Geinimi (a scrambulation of Gemini) by Lookout Mobile Security, a startup based in San Francisco, the botnet-like Trojan sends location information, device identity and even stored contacts to an unknown server.

According to Lookout co-founder Kevin MaHaffe, the most significant feature of Geinimi is its sophisticated command-and-control mechanism. Read the rest of this entry »

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China demands ID from all buyers of mobile phone numbers

Posted by Author on September 2, 2010


The Guardian, 1 September 2010 –

China began requiring identification from anyone buying a new mobile phone number today in what it says is a bid to stamp out junk messages.

But critics say the move gives the government a new tool for monitoring its citizens.

The rules apply to everyone, including foreigners visiting the country for a short stay, the China Daily newspaper reported.

The paper said the regulation was “the latest campaign by the government to curb the global scourge of spam, pornographic messages and fraud on cellular phones”.

Low-cost mobile phone sim cards are readily available in China, at convenience stores, newspaper stands and airport kiosks.

Until now, they could be bought anonymously with cash and used straight away, as in the UK. But such a system makes it difficult to track down spammers.

The China Daily said Chinese mobile users receive an average of 43 text messages a week, 12 of which are spam.

The ID requirement is raising new privacy concerns and is likely to upset some customers unwilling to give out personal information for fear it will be resold, said Duncan Clark, managing director of BDA China, a technology market research firm.

Wang Songlian, research co-ordinator with the Hong Kong-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders, said the requirement fits a pattern of tightening government control over new communication technologies.

China censors internet content it deems politically sensitive and blocks many websites, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Following ethnic riots in western China’s Xinjiang, international phone and internet links to the region were suspended for months.

The new regulation will probably not affect Chinese dissidents, many of whom already have their phones closely monitored.

But it could help police track down ordinary people who take part in spontaneous protests, Wang said.

China has seen a growing number of protests sparked by labour disagreements, anger over pollution and other issues.

“I think the government has an eye on Iran where protests were fuelled by text messages and Twitter and they are doing this for social stability reasons,” Wang said.

China has more than 800m mobile phone numbers already in use. The Global Times newspaper reported today that 320m of those were bought without real-name registration. The numbers will have to be reregistered by 2013 or could be suspended, the newspaper said…….(More details from The Guardian)

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Google Says Mobile Service in China Partially Blocked

Posted by Author on March 29, 2010


By Brian Womack, Bloomberg, Via The Business Week, Mar. 29, 2010-

March 29 (Bloomberg)
— Google Inc., after shutting its Internet search engine in China last week, said its mobile services in the country are being partially blocked.

The services delivered to wireless phones were operating normally until becoming partly shut down yesterday, Google said on its Web site that tracks service availability in mainland China.

“Service availability fluctuates regularly, and it is too early to tell if this blockage will be persistent,” Google said in an e-mailed statement. “There is no specific indication that the change is related to our recent announcement.”

Google is keeping close tabs on its various Web-delivered services in China after a standoff with authorities led the company to start redirecting users of its Chinese search engine to its Hong Kong site. Google pledged in January to stop censoring results in mainland China after hackers stole data and targeted e-mail accounts of human-rights activists.

Mobile is the first service in China to have a change in status since Google unveiled the feature-tracking site on March 22.

Google’s Web, images and news-search services continue to have “no issues” while video-sharing site YouTube and Blogger remain blocked, according to the feature tracker.

The Mountain View, California-based company said last week it would no longer offer its mobile applications on Android phones in China “until further notice.” Chinese companies can still sell phones that use Android, an operating system backed by Google.

Google fell 80 cents to $561.89 at 2:50 p.m. New York time on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The shares had dropped 9.2 percent this year before today.

The Business Week

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300 Million China Mobile Phone Users’ Data Would Handed Over To Government When Demanded: CEO Revealed

Posted by Author on February 1, 2008


AFP, 26 Jan 2008-

DAVOS, Switzerland (AFP) — Serious concerns were raised in Davos last week about the ability of the Chinese government to spy on the country’s 500 million mobile phone users.

The head of China’s biggest mobile phone company, which has more than 300 million subscribers, stunned delegates by revealing that the company had unlimited access to the personal data of its customers and handed it over to Chinese security officials when demanded.

The admission, described as “bone-chilling” by US Congressman Ed Markey, sent shivers through an audience of telecom experts at the World Economic Forum who immediately saw the potential for misuse and surveillance.

“We know who you are, but also where you are,” said the CEO of China Mobile Communications Corporation, Wang Jianzhou, whose company adds six million new customers to its network each month and is already the biggest mobile group in the world by users.

He was explaining how the company could use the personal data of its customers to sell advertising and services to them based on knowledge of where they were and what they were doing.

When pressed about the privacy and security implications of this, he added: “We can access the information and see where someone is, but we never give this information away … only if the security authorities ask for it.”

The movement of mobile phone users can be tracked because they connect to local base stations, giving a trail that can only be accessed in most democratic countries by security officials under strict conditions.

Mobile phones can also be easily tapped.

Markey, who is chairman of the US House of Representatives subcommittee on telecommunications, contrasted the situation with the checks and controls in place in the United States, where a court order is required for the government to check phone records.

“I have my eyebrows arched so high they’re hitting the ceiling,” he told AFP after listening to Wang.

“I have many, many more questions about what the relationship is with the government and moreover how the company can use that information.”

US Internet company Yahoo was widely pilloried and faced a congressional hearing after the group divulged information to Beijing police that landed a Chinese journalist in jail.

Shi Tao was convicted in 2005 of divulging state secrets after he posted a Chinese government order forbidding media organisations from marking the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square uprising on the Internet.

He was identified with information provided by Yahoo and was sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of Internet governance and regulation at Oxford University in Britain, stressed how the mobile phone had become a serious threat to privacy in all countries.

“It’s amazing to see how such a comprehensive surveillance network has been set up through the market force of consumer demand,” he told AFP.

“With CCTV (closed circuit television), the government sets it up and you have nothing to say about it. With this (mobile phones), you’re paying for your own monitoring device.”

He said governments in democratic countries were “just waking up to the need for regulation.”

The remarks by Wang came in the context of a discussion about how mobile phone operators could generate additional revenues by increasing targeted advertising and other services.

The idea of location-based advertising, in which advertisers use the location of mobile phone user to send targeted advertising, also won support from Google chairman Eric Schmidt.

He used the example of how an advertiser of fast-food could target a user with advertising when he or she was near a restaurant.

Wang said his company was able to estimate the number of people at last year’s Shanghai Formula One grand prix by counting subscribers in the area.

When enough people had phones in China, the data could be used to estimate the number of people on roads at a particular time as a proxy for the level of congestion, he said.

The number of mobile phone users in China was 523.3 million at the end of September, up 13.5 percent from the end of 2006, according to official data.

The discussion took place in a session titled: “The Future of Mobile Technology.”

– Original report from AFP : China’s mobile network: a big brother surveillance tool?

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