20 million devices infected with a Trojan

More than 20 million Gionee mobiles, deliberately infected by malware.

Already in 2018 we had to talk about Gionee and the bad decisions of a firm that once touched the 5% of the market share in China. Now, it is necessary to recall this controversial mobile brand of Chinese origin, whose executives face penalties of imprisonment for between three and three and a half years, as well as a fine of about 30,000 euros each.

The reason behind this punishment is a deliberately included malware in near 20 million mobiles of the Gionee brand, which between December 2018 and October 2019 would have been generating revenues close to 4 million euros in favor of the company.

A Trojan that can translate into jail

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They discover that the Gionee mobiles arrived with pre-installed malware.

As has been discovered in the investigation, which is reported on the Chinese portal CN Beta, about 21.75 million Gionee mobiles were infected with a trojan in the form of an application called “Story Lock Screen”. This Trojan was discovered for the first time in December 2018, and last in October 2019.

The Chinese court has identified Shenzhen Zhipu Technology Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Gionee, as the company in charge of implant the trojan on the company's devices, an extremely profitable tactic that has generated revenues of $ 4.2 million, with expenses of just $ 1.3 million.

Therefore, four of the directors of said company, Xu Li, Zhu Ying, Jia Zhengqiang and Pan Qi, now face between three and three and a half years in prison, in addition to the aforementioned economic fine.