A whopping 13,500 Vivo Smartphones found running on same IMEI number

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Whopping 13,500 Vivo Smartphones found with same IMEI number by Meerut Police

Meerut Police from Utter Pradesh in India has found that around 13,500 Vivo Smartphones have the same IMEI number. The cyber cell unit from Meerut police has been investigating the case from the last 5 months. According to the TRAI, every smartphone is compulsory to have a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. But here the Cyber cell has found a security breach barring 13,500 Vivo Smartphones with the same IMEI number.

The IMEI number is a 15-digit code that is unique to every smartphone. In 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a notification stating that all smartphones would have a unique IMEI number, failure to which in the form of manipulation or tampering could lead to three-year Jail.

The security flaw came in to picture when a sub-inspector gave his smartphone to the staff at cybercrime cell for examination, as his smartphone was not working properly despite being repaired at a Vivo service center in Meerut.

After examining, the cyber cell of Meerut Police found that the IMEI number of the smartphone was different from the one that was printed on the smartphone’s box. Soon after that they contacted Vivo India about the whole issue but not yet received any reply from the company.

The cyber cell further contacted the service center and asked for checking that if the smartphone had a change of IMEI number when it was serviced by the VIVO center. The service center assisted the cyber cell that the smartphone has never changed the IMEI from the first startup itself.

Soon after getting the required information, the Meerut police filed a case against the Chinese manufacturer and its service center. The telecom operator informed that as of September 24, 2019, the same IMEI number has been running on 13,557 mobile phones in different states of the country. The Meerut police reportedly handed a notice to Vivo India’s nodal officer Harmanjit Singh under Section 91 of the CrPC.

This is a serious security issue as it is an advantage for the attacker to mislead and criminal activity. The company is yet to release a statement on the matter. Follow Android Rookies for further news on the issue. To stay updated on Tech and cybersecurity news subscribe to our newsletter from here


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