Lithuania advises consumers to throw away Chinese mobile phones
The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has advised consumers to refrain from buying mobile phones from Chinese manufacturers and to throw away any mobile phones they own, after the Lithuanian government discovered censorship capabilities in the devices of Chinese brands, according to CNN.
In a report released on Tuesday, the Lithuanian National Cybersecurity Center says Xiaomi’s former flagship Mi 10T 5G can detect and censor terms and polls such as “Free Tibet”, “Long live Taiwan’s independence ” or “democracy movement”.
The device’s ability to censor it has been turned off for the European Union, but it can be turned on remotely at any time, underlined the Lithuanian Cybersecurity Center.
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“Our recommendation is not to buy new Chinese cell phones, and to throw away the ones that have already bought as soon as possible,” said Deputy Defense Minister Margiris Abukevicius.
Recently, relations between China and Lithuania have deteriorated. Last month, the Chinese government demanded that the Lithuanian ambassador leave Beijing and revealed that it would recall its ambassador to Vilnius.
This diplomatic conflict was triggered by Taiwan’s announcement that its diplomatic mission in Lithuania would be renamed Taiwan Representative Office, which angered Xi Jinping’s government.