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Cell phones are every where; no matter where you look everyone has one.
There has been a rolling scandal about the Carrier IQ software installed by cell phone companies on 150 million phones , mostly within the United States.
In remarks that distanced Google from the network diagnostic software Carrier IQ, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said that the software was a “keylogger.”
Carrier IQ has issued a statement denying that it has ever provided information to the FBI.
Carrier IQ , the embattled software company at the center of the controversy over alleged data collection on mobile devices, has released a new document that details the ways in which carriers deploy the software, how it works on devices and what data it is capable of collecting. The company also admitted in the document that its software has a bug that, in some specific cases, could cause the application to collect the contents of SMS messages. In its report, released Monday, Carrier IQ says that under some limited circumstances its software will log the contents of SMS messages sent to a user's phone, but that that the contents of those messages would not be human readable.
Last week, a bit of an uproar began online when a clever Android developer named Trevor Eckhart discovered something shocking on his phone. While watching the data logs on his handset, he discovered that a piece of software was keeping track of nearly every move he made on the HTC smartphone (an EVO 3D, in case you’re sweating right now).
Nick DePetrillo (Credit: Karen Costello) Two researchers say they have found a way to exploit weaknesses in the mobile telecom system to legally spy on people by figuring out the private cell phone number of anyone they want, tracking their whereabouts, and listening to their voice mail.
26th Chaos Communication Congress Here be dragons The worlds most popular radio system has over 3 billion handsets in 212 countries and not even strong encryption. Perhaps due to cold-war era laws, GSM's security hasn't received the scrutiny it deserves given its popularity.
Security researchers who have investigated the inner workings of the Carrier IQ software and its capabilities say that the application has some powerful, and potentially worrisome capabilities, but that as it's currently deployed by carriers it doesn't have the ability to record SMS messages, phone calls or keystrokes. However, the researchers note that there is still potential for abuse of the information that's being gathered, whether by the carriers themselves or third parties who can access the data legitimately or through a compromise of a device.
There's plenty of rightful indignation over the revelation that AT&T and Sprint have installed monitoring apps (purportedly to detect network and performance issues) on the millions of cellphones and smartphones they sell, using software from a company called Carrier IQ .
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And the spy and invasion of privacy saga continues, but this time XDA Recognized Developer TrevE seems to have hit the very core of most of what is happening with devices. You may recall from a few articles back that we started talking about something called CIQ or Carrier iQ.
Carrier IQ retracts cease and desist letter sent to security researcher, says it doesn't track Android usersIt looks like the unabashed fury of the Android hacking community was too much for data-collection developer Carrier IQ to take: the company has apologized and retracted the cease-and-desist letter it sent security researcher Trevor Eckhart after he posted details and analysis of how Carrier IQ's software works and can be used by the carriers and manufacturers that preload it onto their devices. While the apology is contrite and sincere — Carrier IQ says the letter was "misguided" and that it's "deeply sorry" — the company still says it's being misrepresented, and that it doesn't monitor user data, record keystrokes, or provide tracking information. So what does Carrier IQ actually do?
A data-logging software company is seeking to squash an Android developer’s critical research into its software that is secretly installed on millions of phones, but Trevor Eckhart is refusing to publicly apologize for his research and remove the company’s training manuals from his website.