Chinese border guards install spyware on tourists’ smartphones (3 photos)

It’s hard for a modern person to be alone. Electronic gadgets provide many opportunities for tracking both the user’s location and the information received and transmitted to him. Special tracking applications often help in finding children, but criminals as well as government agencies are also using this function to control the personal lives of citizens. And this is not paranoia, tourists who visited the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China have seen this from their own experience. Travelers studying the northwestern province of China were surprised to find that their smartphones had unknown BXAQ or Fēng cai applications, to the installation of which they had nothing to do. It turned out that the Chinese special services installed the software themselves during customs inspection, demanding the device in an unlocked form and without obtaining the prior consent of the smartphone owners to install the programs. Applications receive all available information from a smartphone, including contacts, call and correspondence history, notes from a calendar and notebooks, email, a list of active contacts in instant messengers and social networks, photos and texts (for example, excerpts from the Koran, documents with a separatist bias etc). 8caa42f5a9df53968033bf99609e44f68caa42f5a9df53968033bf99609e44f68caa42f5a9df53968033bf99609e44f68caa42f5a9df53968033bf99609e44f68caa42f5a9df53968033bf99609e44f68caa42f5a9df53968033bf99609e44f6

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