If you are Sony smartphone user and have either Android 4.4.0 or 4.4.4 KitKat firmware than you may be sending your data back to the server in China, without installed any application.
It is shocking news but its true and many of you haven’t expected such practices from a Sony , but reporting popping up at several forums suggest the some Sony Xperia models seems to contain to Baidu spyware.
About a month ago , a group of Sony users found the presence of a unexpected folder , named “Baidu”, .The creepy part is that the folder created automatically without the user permission and there is no way to delete it . Even you try to delete it . It automatically reappears again.
Every time users connect their phone to internet Baidu folder appears to be created by Sony’s ‘my Xperia’ and is reported to be sending pings to China. There is no further information known on what these pings are transmitting but nevertheless they do seem to be transmitting
After sometime several users reported they found that the Chinese government is able to detect the status and identity of their devices. A user, going by the handle Elbird, posted on Sony Forums that with the help of Baidu folder, the Chinese Government can:
- Read status and identity of your device
- Make pictures and videos without your knowledge
- Get your exact location
- Read the contents of your USB memory
- Read or edit accounts
- Change security settings
- Completely manage your network access
- Couple with bluetooth devices
- Know what apps you are using
- Prevent your device from entering sleep mode
- Change audio settings
- Change system settings
A “baidu” folder in Internal Storage