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  1. #1
    Proudhon Freedomfighter

    Conclusive proof: Keylogger installed on millions of smartphones


    An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users.

    In a YouTube video posted on Monday, Trevor Eckhart showed how software from a Silicon Valley company known as Carrier IQ recorded in real time the keys he pressed into a stock EVO handset, which he had reset to factory settings just prior to the demonstration. Using a packet sniffer while his device was in airplane mode, he demonstrated how each numeric tap and every received text message is logged by the software.

    Ironically, he says, the Carrier IQ software recorded the “hello world” dispatch even before it was displayed on his handset.

    Eckhart then connected the device to a Wi-Fi network and pointed his browser at Google. Even though he denied the search giant's request that he share his physical location, the Carrier IQ software recorded it. The secret app then recorded the precise input of his search query – again, “hello world” – even though he typed it into a page that uses the SSL, or secure sockets layer, protocol to encrypt data sent between the device and the servers.

    “We can see that Carrier IQ is querying these strings over my wireless network [with] no 3G connectivity and it is reading HTTPS,” the 25-year-old Eckhart says.

    The video was posted four days after Carrier IQ withdrew legal threats against Eckhart for calling its software a “rootkit.” The Connecticut-based programmer said the characterization is accurate because the software is designed to obscure its presence by bypassing typical operating-system functions.

  2. #2
    Proudhon Freedomfighter
    The lemmings dive right in.

    Global Smartphone Adoption Approaches 30 Percent


  3. If Android is open source why did no one complain about Carrier IQ?
    If Android is open source why can't I remove Carrier IQ?

  4. Quote Originally Posted by Proudhon View Post
    The lemmings dive right in.
    All smartphones are not infected with Carrier IQ. How can you use the Internet, if you are that paranoid?

  5. #5
    Unregistered Freedomfighter
    Quote Originally Posted by Diogenes View Post
    If Android is open source why did no one complain about Carrier IQ?
    If Android is open source why can't I remove Carrier IQ?
    The software on a smartphone isn't open source, not the way a Linux distro is.

  6. #6
    Unregistered Freedomfighter

    Backlash against Carrier IQ spyware rootkit grows

    The backlash against a formerly obscure California mobile-monitoring software maker grew even larger Thursday, with a senator asking questions, citizens bombing the company with bad online reviews, and former customer Apple swearing it off.

    Adding possible legal jeopardy to its woes, a former federal prosecutor is also publicly wondering whether Carrier IQ, whose phone-monitoring software was secretly installed on millions of phones, was illegally wiretapping Americans’ communications.

    Carrier IQ’s software is installed on phones sold by Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T, among others, and is intended to help carriers know what problems users are having and what features are most popular.

    Apple announced Thursday it had mostly discontinued using Carrier IQ in iOS5 and would stop using it altogether in a new software update...

    Verizon, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, denies using the software.

    Sprint, the third-place carrier, defended its use of the secret software.

    “We collect enough information to understand the customer experience with devices on our network and how to address any connection problems, but we do not and cannot look at the contents of messages, photos, videos, etc., using this tool,” Sprint spokeswoman Stephanie Vinge-Walsh said in an e-mail. “The information collected is not sold and we don’t provide a direct feed of this data to anyone outside of Sprint.”

    T-Mobile says it uses Carrier IQ, as well.

    “T-Mobile utilizes the Carrier IQ diagnostic tool to troubleshoot device and network performance with the goal of enhancing network reliability and our customers’ experience,” a spokeswoman Patty Raz said in an e-mail. “T-Mobile does not use this diagnostic tool to obtain the content of text, email or voice messages, or the specific destinations of a customers’ internet activity, nor is the tool used for marketing purposes.”


  7. #7
    Unregistered Freedomfighter

    Carrier IQ Caught Red Handed

    The Android developer who raised the ire of a mobile-phone monitoring company last week is on the attack again, producing a video of how the Carrier IQ software secretly installed on millions of mobile phones reports most everything a user does on a phone.

    Though the software is installed on most modern Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones, Carrier IQ was virtually unknown until 25-year-old Trevor Eckhart of Connecticut analyzed its workings, revealing that the software secretly chronicles a user’s phone experience — ostensibly so carriers and phone manufacturers can do quality control.

    But now he’s released a video actually showing the logging of text messages, encrypted web searches and, well, you name it....

    The video shows the software logging Eckhart’s online search of “hello world.” That’s despite Eckhart using the HTTPS version of Google which is supposed to hide searches from those who would want to spy by intercepting the traffic between a user and Google.

    Cringe as the video shows the software logging each number as Eckhart fingers the dialer.

    “Every button you press in the dialer before you call,” he says on the video, “it already gets sent off to the IQ application.”

    From there, the data — including the content of text messages — is sent to Carrier IQ’s servers, in secret.

    By the way, it cannot be turned off without rooting the phone and replacing the operating system. And even if you stop paying for wireless service from your carrier and decide to just use Wi-Fi, your device still reports to Carrier IQ.

    It’s not even clear what privacy policy covers this. Is it Carrier IQ’s, your carrier’s or your phone manufacturer’s? And, perhaps, most important, is sending your communications to Carrier IQ a violation of the federal government’s ban on wiretapping?

    And even more obvious, Eckhart wonders why aren’t mobile-phone customers informed of this rootkit and given a way to opt out?


  8. #8
    Unregistered Freedomfighter
    Smart phones, stupid people.

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