German government starts research into Chinese smartphones

German government starts research into Chinese smartphones

Following the lead of the Lithuanian government, the German government has launched an investigation into Chinese smartphones. Recently, Lithuania's National Cyber ​​Security Center warned about censorship software in Xiaomi's phones and identified several security vulnerabilities.

It appears that the Mi Browser on the phones collects 61 different parameters about the use of the device. The device also has a content filter. For example, the phone periodically receives a list of banned words in Chinese, including about Tibet and Taiwan. However, the content filter is disabled in the phones the researchers analyzed in Lithuania.

Following the Lithuanian investigation, the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI), part of the German Ministry of the Interior, has launched its own investigation. Earlier, several German politicians had already called for such an investigation. A BSI spokesperson told the German Tagesschau that phones from Xiaomi or other Chinese manufacturers are not used by the federal authorities.

Security.NL previously reported that the VVD has asked outgoing Minister Grapperhaus of Justice and Security to have the Telecom Agency or the National Cyber ​​Security Center conduct an investigation in the short term into the possible presence of censorship software on Xiaomi phones. The minister has not yet responded to the request.

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