Disable a Cell Phone Cell phones are every where; no matter where you look everyone has one. It is really no wonder that cell phones are now quickly becoming a chosen weapon used to spy on people, block communications or just flat out annoy people beyond all reason. A new product that caught my eye in the realm of spy technology is one that you'll think is mighty important if you too are among the millions that own a cell phone. It is called a Frequency Blocking Bag and is manufactured by Tayx Ltd , a China based company.
Some Facts About Carrier IQ 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. Subjects of outright disagreement have included the nature of the program, what information it actually collects, and under what circumstances. This post will attempt to explain Carrier IQ's architecture, and why apparently conflicting statements about it are in some instances simultaneously correct. The information in this post has been synthesised from sources including Trevor Eckhart, Ashkan Soltani, Dan Rosenberg, and Carrier IQ itself.
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Dear Carrier IQ: If you want to track me, you need to ask me first 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). The software, created by a company called Carrier IQ, was able to see who he had called and when, to whom he had sent text messages, Web sites he’d visited and more. Needless to say, the public reaction to the revelation was intense. Here was a device that you likely use intimately. Your phone is always with you.
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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. Independent security researcher Nick DePetrillo and Don Bailey, a security consultant with iSec Partners, planned to provide details in a talk entitled "We Found Carmen San Diego" at the Source Boston security conference on Wednesday. "There are a lot of fragile eggs in the telecom industry and they can be broken," Bailey said in an interview with CNET. "We assume the telecom industry protects our privacy. But we've been able to crack the eggs and piece them together." Legal spying via the cell phone system | InSecurity Complex
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. 26C3: GSM: SRSLY?
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a Microsoft patent application that reaches back to December 2009 and describes “recording agents” to legally intercept VoIP phone calls. The “ Legal Intercept ” patent application is one of Microsoft’s more elaborate and detailed patent papers, which is comprehensive enough to make you think twice about the use of VoIP audio and video communications. The document provides Microsoft’s idea about the nature, positioning and feature set of recording agents that silently record the communication between two or more parties. The patent was filed well before Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype and there is no reason to believe that the patent was filed with Skype as a Microsoft property in mind. Microsoft May Add Eavesdropping To Skype
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Carrier IQ and Facebook pose the least of your privacy threats | Internet privacy 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. But technologies such as Carrier IQ, GM's continued tracking of OnStar customers who had cancelled service, and the tracking software used by some malls over the Thanksgiving holidays are relatively benign compared to what people are not talking about: software and devices that not only monitor individuals but feed that data to insurers and others who could use it to determine rates, deny coverage, and otherwise control people's behavior. This year has seen much teeth-gnashing over anonymized tracking tools such as Carrier IQ, the capture of smartphone location information, and the mall-tracking devices. Despite the uproar, these technologies don't invade individual privacy because they don't know who the person is.
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CarrierIQ | Android Security Test This information is written to the best of my knowledge using publicly available resources. No security was bypassed to obtain anything marked confidential, and Carrier IQ made no effort to protect said documents.You can take the Carrier IQ training yourself here – https://dis1.water.carrieriq.com/dis/training.jspI have made a mirror of all materials referenced here for download for the sole purpose of allowing others to understand and verify my security research on Carrier IQ.http://www.androidfilehost.com/main/.TrevE/CIQ/mirror1 – http://www.multiupload.com/BAAKNNSM3J Carrier IQ (CIQ) sells rootkit software included on many US handsets sold on Sprint, Verizon and more. Devices supported include android phones, Blackberries, Nokias, Tablet devices and more.
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. This is, essentially, a piece of software that is embedded into most mobile devices, not just Android but Nokia, Blackberry, and likely many more. According to TrevE, the software is installed as a rootkit software in the RAM of devices where it resides. This software basically is completely hidden from view and in it virtually invisible, and worst of all, rather complicated to kill (some devices more so than others and you will see why in a few minutes). This is given root like rights over the device, which means that it can do everything it pleases and you will have nothing to say about it. The Rootkit Of All Evil – CIQ
Carrier IQ retracts cease and desist letter sent to security researcher, says it doesn't track Android users It 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. Though the software is installed on millions of Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones, Carrier IQ was virtually unknown until the 25-year-old Eckhart analyzed its workings, recently revealing that the software secretly chronicles a user’s phone experience, from its apps, battery life and texts. Some carriers prevent users who actually find the software from controlling what information is sent. Mobile ‘Rootkit’ Maker Tries to Silence Critical Android Dev | Threat Level
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