Most Americans own a Smartphone. We use Smartphones for everything from posting to social media to email and mobile banking. Some of our most personal and private information is accessed and sometimes stored on our Smartphones. While most Smartphones have added security features to prevent your personal and confidential information from falling into the wrong hands, one manufacturer may have handed it over to the bad guys.
Miami-based BLU Products Inc., the manufacturer of the BLU series of Android Smartphones, hid spyware in its phones which sent users’ personal information to servers in China. This spyware, which was developed by Shanghai Adups Technology Co. Ltd. in China, was undetectable to anti-spyware and anti-virus applications because it was factory installed, and factory installed applications are ignored by anti-spyware and anti-virus applications. Yep, if you have a BLU based Android phone, it may very well have been stealing your identity.
Identity theft remains one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Yet, who would have suspected that our own phone would be an identity thief?
BLU Products Inc. has since issued an update to the firmware installed on its Smartphones (the software that makes the device work) to remove the spyware. It claims that the information collected was not disclosed to anyone else. However, the company that created the spyware boasts that it has reached 700 million devices running its application. So how can BLU Products Inc. be certain that the sensitive information collected from its customers has not been compromised, and what if they’re wrong?
Don’t take that risk. If you have own or have used a BLU Smartphone, check your credit report for any suspicious activity or inaccurate information. If you notice anything suspicious or inaccurate on your credit report, call us at Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers, immediately. We know how to fix identity theft, which often goes undetected until your credit has already been destroyed. The best way to learn whether you identity has been compromised is to monitor your credit history, and fight it head on. Be proactive. Check your credit report today! Call or email Attorney Gary Nitzkin at (888) 293-2882 for a free, no obligation consultation. The call is free and the advice is priceless.