Your OnePlus Device Is Prone To Hacking

OnePlus comes under scanner over the issue of users’ privacy

The app called "EngineerMode" was recently discovered - and it's supposed to function as a diagnostic app available for manufacturers to easily test hardware components of these devices.

OnePlus has still to fully recover from the data collection allegations it faced last month, and now fresh allegations have surfaced over user privacy.

A potentially unsafe backdoor in multiple OnePlus devices has been just unearthed by a knowing developer, revealing a hidden app that can be potentially used to gain root access and take control over the device. It's used to run system tests for things like GPS, vibration, screen brightness, and also root checking. A developer has found an application that can be manipulated into to granting a backdoor root access. Once the app was decompiled, a password was still needed for the app so that it would give root access to devices. This is thanks to a Qualcomm system-side app and OnePlus's decision to leave it in the custody of end users.

Getting root access to a smartphone allows a hacker to access "superuser" mode, making it extremely easy to inject malware with surveillance capabilities. "So it's not risky, it just means anybody with the password can plug your phone to a computer and take all your data". The developer further added that he will publish an application for rooting OnePlus devices without unlocking. Meanwhile, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has already announced that OnePlus is investigating the issue.

Will it affect OnePlus 5T sales?

Robert Baptiste, a freelance security researcher who goes by the name Elliot Alderson on Twitter after the Mr. Robot TV show character, found the tool on a OnePlus phone and tweeted his findings Monday. At the time, OnePlus stated that the whole objective of collecting data was to improve the service.

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