Finland to investigate breach discovered in a batch of Nokia 7 Plus. A still unknown number of these popular mobile phones have sent unencrypted data of its users to China for several months.
According to previous reports, some Nokia 7 Plus sent unencrypted information to the Chinese server when it was opened, including sensitive data such as location, SIM card number and phone serial number.
Finnish data protection inspector Reijo Aarnio said he would review whether there were “personal information and violations of legal reasons”. He also said that the matter may disobey the GDPR regulations.
In response, HMD Global, the maker of Nokia’s mobile phone has admitted that a software vulnerability had been reported in a batch of Nokia 7 Plus phones developed by the company. The problem have been fixed. He said that no data was shared with third parties.
The statement said: “The data has never been processed, and no personal information has been shared with third parties or governments.”
A user has reported that his Nokia 7 Plus phone is often connected to a Chinese server and sends out packets to that server. Every time he activated or unlocked, his mobile phone sent private information to a server in China. The data include his personal location, SIM card number and phone serial number.
According to the report, the domain of the server to which this information is sent is under the command of the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) and is owned by China Telecom, named vnet.cn.
In addition, Experts also consider that this code was initially designed to be a Nokia 7 Plus mobile phone sold in China. It may be a blunder to be mistakenly installed in the Finland and surrounding market.
The security risks caused by the mobile phone may add a new ambiguity to the telecommunications supplier’s rivalry in the global 5G network. U.S. 5G network structure is expected to use a large number of devices including Ericsson and Nokia.
China’s telecom equipment giant Huawei is excluded from their 5G network market by Western countries such as the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.