The Indian Air Force has accused the China-based smart phone makers of sending user data to remote servers located in China. Xiaomi made a very successful entry into the Indian market recently. But according to what IAF says, it is a security threat.
The IAF has even issued an alert to IAF personnel and their family members after it found that smartphones and note books manufactured by Xiaomi were sending users' private data from these devices to servers based in Beijing. said a TNIE report.
The IAF alert has a ‘medium' severity rating, which is considered serious.
The company which is manufacturing Xiaomi is facing an investigation in Taiwan for alleged cyber security threat, as a result of which last month the Taiwan government decided to ban the company.
The IAF alert said that it had found that the phone was forwarding carrier name, phone number, IMEI (the device identifier) plus numbers from address book and text messages and even user photos back to Beijing.
It has also been found that the phone was automatically connected to an IP address hosted in China.
The IAF note indicates that it was possible that the Chinese Government be involved.
The IAF has advised its employees and their family members to refrain from using Xiaomi mobile devices.
The TNIE report says that a few months back, the office of the Doctorate General of Military Operations of the Indian Army had issued a similar alert of security threat from a Chinese mobile application.