Recently , Xiaomi was in a huge controversy about data security. Xiaomi was accused of stealing data from the user’s handsets and transmitting it to their servers back in China. The security threat was slammed by Xiaomi, who denied of any such acts.
Similar threats of data being leaked out to the China servers were also cited in Taiwan and the Government there is investigating the same.
But now in India, the Indian Air Force is planning on banning its force and families on using the Xiaomi smartphones. The IAF has alerted the users about the same threat of data being leaked out of the country, by default. The Indian Air Force has accused the Chinese smartphone maker for retrieving user information and sending it back to the data servers in Beijing, China.
Investigations carried out found that, by default phone is forwarding the carrier name, phone number, IMEI, address book records & SMS to the Chinese servers in Beijing .
The alert note issued by IAF to its staff and their family members warned them against using any Xiaomi products, saying that the company was stealing not just their phone numbers and IMEI (device identifier) number, but was also accessing their phone calls and personal text messages.
IAF’s intelligence unit prepared the note, which says that a security solutions company called F-Secure recently tested Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S smartphone and discovered that it was forwarding network operator name, phone number, IMEI number, numbers from the phone’s address book and text messages to China.
Apparently, a Xiaomi Note user in Hong Kong also found that the phone was automatically connected to an IP address hosted in China and was forwarding images and text messages to it. This IP address is apparently owned by CNNIC, which is based in Beijing and is the administrative agency for Internet affairs under the Ministry of Information Industry of China.