B&N disputes Linux Journal's claims about Nook 7 Adups spyware

25 December, 2016, 05:59 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • B&N disputes Linux Journal's claims about Nook 7 Adups spyware

Which, in this case, means China.

Pre-installed spyware speculations just hit Barnes & Noble which launched in November the new $50 Nook 7 Android tablet. What's The Difference Between An E-Reader and A Tablet?

This is the same malware that was recently discovered in 120,000 Blu unlocked smartphones.

These devices actively transmitted user and device information including the full-body of text messages, contact lists, call history with full telephone numbers, unique device identifiers including the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) and the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI). "The software specializes both in Big Data collection of Android usage, and hostile app installation and/or firmware control", Linux Journal explained.

Barnes and Noble has admitted ADUPS is present on the Nook Tablet 7. The bad news is all the information is then sent to servers in China without the user knowing that his/private data has been compromised.

Argir further added: "Adups has confirmed to Barnes & Noble that it never collected any personally identifiable or location data from Nook 7 devices nor will it do so in the future".

NOOK 7 has 8 GB of internal memory, expandable up to 128 GB via MicroSD card.

However, if you're still not satisfied with this situation, you may want to consider ditching your Nook Tablet 7 by making use of Barnes and Noble's holiday returns policy. "That update will be made available to download within the next few weeks, but in the meantime customers can rest assured that the device is safe to use".

But to make sure that its customers are fully secure, Barnes & Noble is working on a new firmware version that will remove ADUPS completely from its devices.

The Chief Digital Officer from the bookstore franchise, Fred Argir, affirmed the company had already addressed the issue, and that they are now working on a software update that will delete ADUPS from all e-readers.

Still, wary users can take advantage of Barnes & Noble's holiday return policy, which gives folks until January 31 to return most merchandise, including Nook tablets, purchased between November 14 and December 31.

Do you own a Nook Tablet 7?

Fred Argir, V.P. and Chief Digital Officer, Barnes & Noble, Inc.

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