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    Researcher’s Video Shows Secret Software on Millions of Phones Logging Everything



    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.Eckhart labeled the software a “rootkit,” and the Mountain View, California-based software makerthreatened him with legal action and huge money damages. The Electronic Frontier Foundation came to his side last week, and the company backed off on its threats. The company told Wired.com last week that Carrier IQ’s wares are for “gathering information off the handset to understand the mobile-user experience, where phone calls are dropped, where signal quality is poor, why applications crash and battery life.”The company denies its software logs keystrokes. Eckhart’s 17-minute video clearly undercuts that claim.In a Thanksgiving post, we mentioned this software as one of nine reasons to wear a tinfoil hat.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?

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    Verizon denies Carrier IQ is on any of its phones


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    You can add a whole carrier's portfolio to the list of devices uninfected by the Carrier IQ drama. Verizon Wireless has just come out and reiterated that it does not use the smartphone tracking software. Jeffrey Nelson, part of the company's Communications team, has tweeted a reminder that Verizon does not use Carrier IQ and that it "made this clear 2 weeks ago." At that time, Carrier IQ hadn't quite managed to brew up the storm of controversy that it has done since, so it's good of Jeffrey to provide us with this refresher. So, Verizon phones are in the clear. All the other major US carriers, not so much.

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    good find. I feel better since im with verizon

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    Response from Apple

    "We stopped supporting Carrier IQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so."

    http://allthingsd.com/20111201/apple...?mod=atdtweet#

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    They are monitoring all our $#@!, no privacy any longer. I wouldn't be surprised if the government has the webcam on your computer/phone secretly turn on to record people who browse certain sites. Maybe we aren't there yet but it isn't all that far fetched .

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    Very disturbing
    There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works

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