OnePlus 7 Pro owners reported that they received two spam notifications consisting of a random series of letters. Many of them even though their phones were hijacked. The company has confirmed that the notifications are the result of an internal test. These notifications were sent out to devices globally. However, it is still not confirmed the number of devices that have received the spam notifications.
OnePlus in one of its statements said that:
“the push notifications were related to internal tests of the company’s upcoming Android Q system update.”
The company stated that they were sent using the Google Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) Protocol. The company has reassured users that their personal data has not been stolen or compromised in any way. Along with it, the company also stated that they are implementing new processes to ensure that such incidents don’t happen again.
Several OnePlus owners posted screenshots on Twitter showing the same weird messages. One of the notification consists of Latin characters and another had Chinese letters. When tapped on the notifications, the phone was caused to open a browser which then couldn’t be found.
The internal test was conducted by the OxygenOS team which accidentally sent out global push notifications to OnePlus owners.
OnePlus took to Twitter to explain and said:
“During an internal test, our OxygenOS team accidentally sent out a global push notification to some OnePlus 7 Pro owners.”
The company also said that they are currently investigating the matter and the reason behind the error. They are going to share more details on the matter as soon as they figure it out. But there is nothing to worry about, said OnePlus.
If you too have received these notifications then you shouldn’t worry about it as the company has already taken responsibility for it. It was the result of an internal test error so there is nothing to worry about. Also, the company has confirmed that the data of the users are not compromised. This should give you some sense of relief.