Video shows secret software on millions of Android, BlackBerrym and Nokia phones logging everything you do
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 · 2:45 pm
“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,” David Kravets reports for Wired.
“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,” Kravets reports. “But now he’s released a video actually showing the logging of text messages, encrypted web searches and, well, you name it.”
Kravets reports, “Eckhart labeled the software a ‘root kit,’ and the Mountain View, California-based software maker threatened 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.”
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