Exposed snooping software on smartphones
Thursday, December 8, 2011
A security researcher has uncovered a hidden agenda within the smartphone, called Carrier IQ, which tracks user activity, including the content of the texts received or online searches. The software company denied that records sensitive data.
AFP - A security researcher intelligent bright light in a hidden program that follows the activity on Android phones, BlackBerry and Nokia.
Trevor Eckhart explains the operation of the IC Carrier in a video available online, Wednesday from the
company behind the software defended it as a tool for mobile network operators. California
"Our software is designed to help mobile network providers diagnose critical problems that lead to problems such as dropped calls and battery drain," said Carrier IQ in a press release.
The company denied the keystroke tracking software or registered users of smartphones.
However, the video carrier IQ software Eckhart was buried in a record button pressed Android smartphone, the Internet search queries, text messages and locations.
Eckhart writes a text message "Hello world!" only to instantly appear on a record carrier IQ apply an Android phone.
The software was difficult to find in the device and can not be turned off, according to his show.
IQ company had tried to silence Eckhart with a letter of cease and desist threatening legal action, but retracted after lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) came to his defense.
"Legitimate and truthful Research Mr. Eckhart is protected both by the doctrine of fair use and First Amendment," wrote EFF attorney Marcia Hofmann senior, in a response to the letter Carrier IQ.
Eckhart wanted details about why the Carrier IQ software was aspirated information on the use of smartphones and shared it with.