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If you visit the Sir Apfelot blog regularly, then you know the manufacturer AUKEY. This offers chargers, headphones, Bluetooth speakers, keyboards, USB distributors and hubs, smartphone lenses, webcams, conference speakers and much more. But currently you will hardly find any items offered when you search for AUKEY products (e.g. on Amazon). Even when clicking on the links here in the blog it says either “Currently not available” or “The web address entered is not a functional page on our website”. You can read here why this is the case and which manufacturers can still affect it.
AUKEY is an accessory manufacturer that delivers mostly good to very good quality. We at Sir Apfelot can confirm this from years of cooperation. We tested headphones, speakers, chargers, keyboards, mice and the like. Numerous credible 5-star and 4-star ratings on Amazon have also shown that users consider the offers useful and of high quality. As it now seems, however, that was not enough advertising for the company, so that reviews were bought / faked. To the backgrounds report z. B. 9to5Mac (English) and iFun (German).
In the posts there is talk of a data leak that was used to bring more than 200.000 people or their Amazon accounts into connection with the machinations around fake reviews. Verified purchases are said to have been achieved, among other things, by the fact that the buyer received the price back via PayPal after purchasing a product. The data collected for this purpose should show over 13 million individual messages that reveal the procedure. It is not clear how many data records relate to AUKEY. The number is the entirety of the data collection allegedly originating from China.
According to 9to5Mac, where you can find a publication purchases from DigitalTrends, manufacturers such as Tacklife, Tomtop and Mpow are affected in addition to AUKEY. If you have been in the field of technology accessories manufacturers for a long time, then you also know these names. However, AUKEY is the best known - and also the only one with whom we are / have been in regular contact. That's why I sent the company a request for a statement. Let's see if and when an answer will be received. Incidentally, anchors seem to be unaffected and involved in the machinations (current offer completely online) and also RAVPower (Store also looks complete).
If you are interested in the technical background to the data leak and the individual procedures for fake Amazon reviews, then take a look with this link stop at SafetyDetectives. This is the main source that pretty much anyone who also reports on the subject will refer to. The linked blog post describes how the database from "ElasticSearch" was searched, what exactly was leaked, how the dealers' approach to communication with customers was designed, what effects all of this has, and so on further. The article is in English, but clearly structured and written.
Update: From our AUKEY contact it is said that day-to-day business in the company continues and that we are working on a solution to the problem. If there is an official statement, we will be informed.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.