If you have a cell phone, chances are you have a smartphone. You know the ones, with fancy screens and capabilities galore…….. Well, as a catch to having a phone capable of doing almost anything, there lurks buried inside of that phone, hidden applications that track and record everything you do, call behavior, history, etc. Sounds creepy, but it’s true. Most smart-phones carry a hidden app called CarrierIQ, which, for lack of a better expression, spies on the phones user or users. This post is a cumination of articles and videos from various sources explaining Carrier IQ, what it is, what it does, and how to remove it.
(HuffPost–Gerry Smith ) A security researcher has posted a video detailing hidden software installed on smart phones that logs numerous details about users’ activities.
In a 17-minute video posted Monday on YouTube, Trevor Eckhart shows how the software – known as Carrier IQ – logs every text message, Google search and phone number typed on a wide variety of smart phones – including HTC, Blackberry, Nokia and others – and reports them to the mobile phone carrier.
The application, which is labeled on Eckhart’s HTC smartphone as “HTC IQ Agent,” also logs the URL of websites searched on the phone, even if the user intends to encrypt that data using a URL that begins with “HTTPS,” Eckhart said.
The software always runs when Android operating system is running and users are unable to stop it, Eckhart said in the video.
“Why is this not opt-in and why is it so hard to fully remove?” Eckhart wrote at the end of the video.
In a post about Carrier IQ on his website, Eckhart called the software a “rootkit,” a security term for software that runs in the background without a user’s knowledge and is commonly used in malicious software.
Eckhart’s video is the latest in a series of attacks between him and the company. Earlier this month, Carrier IQ sent a cease and desist letter to Eckhart claiming he violated copyright law by publishing Carrier IQ training manuals online. But after the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, came to Eckhart’s defense, the company backed off its legal threats.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation said the software that Eckhart has publicized “raises substantial privacy concerns” about software that “many consumers don’t know about.”
Carrier IQ could not immediately be reached for comment. But the company told Wired.com that its software is used 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.”
On its website, Carrier IQ, founded in 2005, describes itself as “the world’s leading provider of Mobile Service Intelligence solutions.”
(Trevor Eckhart)More information about Carrier IQ. If youd like to talk about it, post below, tweet with #CIQ or if you have a board discussion about it post the URL here. I will be doing NO moderation.
While your out there thank the @EFF for letting me continue 🙂
Why are you looking at CarrierIQ for information and not HTC? Look at how many devices have Carrier IQ hidden. HTC is just including 3rd party software. They have privacy policies everywhere for their programs, this is not just an HTC/Android issue.
Visit http://androidsecuritytest.com/features/logs-and-services/loggers/carrieriq/c… for more info.
Videos were shot with E4G/E3D, so dont complain about quality.. If you want a better shot of something let me know!
Part 1 – Start – Device setup
Part 2 – 3:15 – Where we don’t see CIQ
Part 3 – 5:05 – Finding CIQ Application
Part 4 – 8:34 – Watching Carrier IQ Watch Us
8:39 – Keypresses
12:27 – Receiving a SMS Message
13:35 – Using Browser on WiFi
Part 5 – 15:45 – Carrier IQ on an out of service device
Part 6 – 16:49 – Conclusions
Go check out sassibob over at TweetFind too –http://blog.tweetfind.com/carrier-iq-occupycarriers.html
Carrier IQ Official Video
How To Remove Carrier IQ
This will show you how to remove CIQ on your Epic! Let me know what you think!
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