OnePlus removes Clipboard app after data theft charges

OnePlus removes Clipboard app after data theft charges

OnePlus removes its Clipboard application after data theft charges by security researcher Elliot Alderson. A week after the start of the controversy and only a few days after being publicly defended, the Chinese firm finally chooses to completely remove the suspicious application. A choice revealed by the description of the Open Beta 3 update for OnePlus 5T smartphones. But not commented by the manufacturer. OnePlus has finally decided to remove its Clipboard clipboard application. It was accused by the French security researcher Elliot Alderson, via Twitter, to transfer the data of its users in China. For OnePlus, this is the second case of data theft spotted in a few months by the analyst. The first one, in November, was about a OnePlus foreign data leak with the OPBugReportLite debug feature.
The OnePlus 5T no longer have the suspicious Clipboard app with the Open Beta 3 update
On January 25, 2018, Elliot Alderson explained in a series of tweets that the firm was transferring data from its users to China via the Clipboard application. OnePlus then responded to the charges of data theft, chanting that "all this is false". But, true or not, the evil was already in the public opinion. For several months, OnePlus has been following failures in terms of data security. Indeed, earlier in January, a security breach on the official site of OnePlus resulted in the theft of 40,000 bank card numbers. To calm the distrust of the public vis-à-vis the Chinese firm, OnePlus had then spoken to indicate that the code revealed by the analyst was inactive and that no data was transferred without the consent of the user. However, the company seems to have taken a radical decision to calm the controversy. The release note of the Open Beta 3 version, available since Tuesday, January 30, 2018 for the OnePlus 5T, the smartphone anti-iPhone X, makes it clear that the Clipboard feature is removed.
The company has not yet commented on the reasons for removing the Clipboard application. But, do not you think it's strange that OnePlus removes this app in a hurry?

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