Why buying an iPhone X knockoff can be a security nightmare

iPhone X Fake

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine travelling through China sent me an email and asked if I'd be interested in a knockoff iPhone 5. "How much is it?" I asked. "About $50," my friend answered. I decided to pass. Though I was intrigued about what it was like to use a mythical iPhone knockoff, $50 seemed a little steep to satiate what was nothing more than mild curiosity.

My friend ended up picking up an iPhone knockoff for himself, and when I used it briefly, it was entertaining though clearly not a bonafide Apple product from both a hardware and software perspective. Years later, iPhone knockoffs have gotten markedly better at mimicking iOS. More worrisome, though, is that some iPhone knockoffs can be downright dangerous. While a cheap iPhone knockoff can be fun to play around with for a few mins, Jason Koebler of Motherboard recently discovered that such knockoffs can be brimming with malware.

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