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Amazon Has Stopped Selling the Blu Life One X2 and Mini Over Privacy Concerns

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Amazon Has Stopped Selling the Blu Life One X2 and Mini

 

Due to recent security and privacy breaches on many Blu phones, Amazon has made the decision to cease sales of most (if not all) Blu phones until this everything has been resolved. A security company from Virginia; KryptoWire recently announced on 7/27/2017 that they discovered many Blu phones were (still) infected with  malware from a Chinese firm Shanghai Adups Technology. This isn't the first time Blu has been in hot water for having this exact spyware on many phones including the very popular Blu R1 (an Amazon Prime Exclusive with lock screen ads) only a few months shy of being a year ago. The spyware is supposedly coded into the FOTA - Over the air update app, Which Blu is infamous for A. never updating their phones and B. if they do, it will be YEARS down the line.

 

Q. What does this mean for you - a tech savvy Life One X2 (or Mini) owner?

A. That your data may have been sent to a private server in china for unknown reasons. Data can include the following: a list of apps installed, the apps used, IMEI numbers, call logs, browser history, and more. It's pretty unsettling.

 

Q. I want to keep my phone, is there anything I can do to fix this?

A. Sort of.

At this time of writing, your best bet is to remove any  FOTA (Firmware Over the air update) app built into the system partition.

  • Reboot phone into TWRP recovery
  • Mount System
  • Tap Advanced then File Manager
  • Navigate to /system/app
  • Delete both files/folders starting with Fota
  • Reboot system
  • Open Settings then navigate to Apps
  • Find FotaProvider and Wireless Update and delete them

Credit: The Ever Talented Draco

Even with this fix there could still be lingering spyware floating around. A source built Kernel and Rom will be the only guaranteed option to remove the spyware.

 

 

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