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Maxthon browser caught sending personal data to Chinese server without userís co

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#1 NickAu


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Posted 17 July 2016 - 09:12 PM

by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Polish security researchers from the company Exatel that the browser regularly sends a ZIP files to server in China. The ZIP file contains all kinds of data about the system of the user and the internet history. Information about the system includes the CPU, memory, the adblocker status and the startpage. Also the URL of all visited websites, Google searches and a list of installed application on the system including their version number is sent to the Chinese company.


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Posted 17 July 2016 - 10:32 PM

This doesn't surprise me. In fact, I'm surprised that there isn't MORE info being sent to China, considering the history of IP theft by Chinese companies.
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Posted 17 July 2016 - 11:03 PM

"As of the date this policy went into effect, we use Amazon’s S3 storage service to store some of your information and PayPal payment processing."


The issue isn't that the server is in China, the issue is the app sends data that the user specifically set the browser not to send. Would this not have been bad if the server was in CA? The company is based in Beijing, so having it's servers in China makes sense.  Any different between rooted and unrooted phones?

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Posted 21 July 2016 - 06:31 AM

Is there any other browser to use which provides the safety features.
I would like to go with comodo icedragon.

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