Carrier IQ: The Rootkit Tracking Everything You Do On Your Phone

carrierIf you use an Android or Blackberry phone, likely it houses a piece of hidden software which logs the content of your text messages, web searches, and other activities, and transmits the information back to company headquarters. Lifehacker reports on the unfolding Carrier IQ scandal:

Android developer Trevor Eckhart last week released information and started an uproar about a widespread rootkit, called Carrier IQ, that’s capable of logging everything you do and comes preinstalled on a ton of smartphones-including various Androids, Nokia phones, and BlackBerrys.

Last week, 25-year old Eckhart discovered a hidden application on some mobile phones that had the ability to log anything and everything on your device—from location to web searches to the content of your text messages. The program is called Carrier IQ, and unlike the

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  • Anonymous

    I’m not the tech guy, but . . . while it’s great that this is being called to our attention again, hasn’t this been known for quite a while? 

    After all, how did anyone think the phone companies were able to handle call logs over to the FBI without warrant?  Or how did we think search engine optimization software knew we were gonna type “Hot, hot trannies 24/7″ before we finished keying it in?

    Where’s the new information here?  Is someone designing shareware to disable it?  Or has the issue acquired a new political urgency in light of OWS and Rupert Murdoch?  Or what?

  • Anonymous

    I’m not the tech guy, but . . . while it’s great that this is being called to our attention again, hasn’t this been known for quite a while? 

    After all, how did anyone think the phone companies were able to handle call logs over to the FBI without warrant?  Or how did we think search engine optimization software knew we were gonna type “Hot, hot trannies 24/7″ before we finished keying it in?

    Where’s the new information here?  Is someone designing shareware to disable it?  Or has the issue acquired a new political urgency in light of OWS and Rupert Murdoch?  Or what?

  • Anonymous

    I’m not the tech guy, but . . . while it’s great that this is being called to our attention again, hasn’t this been known for quite a while? 

    After all, how did anyone think the phone companies were able to handle call logs over to the FBI without warrant?  Or how did we think search engine optimization software knew we were gonna type “Hot, hot trannies 24/7″ before we finished keying it in?

    Where’s the new information here?  Is someone designing shareware to disable it?  Or has the issue acquired a new political urgency in light of OWS and Rupert Murdoch?  Or what?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    I’m not the tech guy, but . . . while it’s great that this is being called to our attention again, hasn’t this been known for quite a while? 

    After all, how did anyone think the phone companies were able to hand our call logs over to the FBI without warrant?  Or how did we think search engine optimization software knew we were gonna type “Hot, hot trannies 24/7″ before we finished keying it in?

    Where’s the new information here?  Is someone designing shareware to disable it?  Or has the issue acquired a new political urgency in light of OWS and Rupert Murdoch?  Or what?

    • Heath

      “Where’s the new information here?  Is someone designing shareware to disable it?”I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume you didn’t read the article on “LifeHacker”. I’m no tech guy either nor do I have any of these devices that this would affect me. 

      They do show or explain how to remove the rootkits. This I believe was an accusation made before and was denied . This guy shows  that they are tracking your every location. So in a way it moves from conspiracy to fact.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Fair play, but it does seem a bit like a game of “Let’s bury the lead.”  I wish they just came out and opened with something like:  “DIY:  Disable Your Phone Company’s Digital Shackle” or some such.  I don’t think I’m alone in wanting the most relevant information up front, instead of being made to swim through a bunch of uninformative exposition.

        Just to reiterate, how did anyone believe that this was NOT going on?  Did they believe the magic search engine optimization fairy skipped over from a sunbeam to help you find our favorite porn sites so quickly?  Of course this was going on.  For a long, long time.

        • Heath

          Well to you and I and others here who are inherently free thinkers and suspicious to things of this nature. I will have to agree, it’s no new news here, but it isn’t us people like Trevor Eckhart are trying to inform.

  • Heath

    “Where’s the new information here?  Is someone designing shareware to disable it?”I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume you didn’t read the article on “LifeHacker”. I’m no tech guy either nor do I have any of these devices that this would affect me. 

    They do show or explain how to remove the rootkits. This I believe was an accusation made before and was denied . This guy shows  that they are tracking your every location. So in a way it moves from conspiracy to fact.

  • Anonymous

    Fair play, but it does seem a bit like a game of “Let’s bury the lead.”  I wish they just came out and opened with something like:  “DIY:  Disable Your Phone Company’s Digital Shackle” or some such.  I don’t think I’m alone in wanting the most relevant information up front, instead of being made to swim through a bunch of uninformative exposition.

    Just to reiterate, how did anyone believe that this was NOT going on?  Did they believe the magic search engine optimization fairy skipped over from a sunbeam to help you find our favorite porn sites so quickly?  Of course this was going on.  For a long, long time.

  • Heath

    Well to you and I and others here who are inherently free thinkers and suspicious to things of this nature. I will have to agree, it no new news here, but it isn’t us people like Trevor Eckhart are trying to inform.

  • decisions

    sinister this means anymone with the knowledge to access your phone can see this in a fairly organized log. Of course most people love their smart phones so much they will see it as a necessary evil.

  • decisions

    sinister this means anymone with the knowledge to access your phone can see this in a fairly organized log. Of course most people love their smart phones so much they will see it as a necessary evil.

    • Candlharvey

      Can you even buy non “smart phones” anymore….

      • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

        yes, but they are crappier than the crappiest non-smart-phones from 2005ish

        • Prime

          true story

  • Candlharvey

    Can you even buy non “smart phones” anymore….

  • Candlharvey

    Can you even buy non “smart phones” anymore….

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    yes, but they are crappier than the crappiest non-smart-phones from 2005ish

  • Nunzio X

    This is why young Nunzio doesn’t have a smart phone, and never will have.

    As tech equipment becomes more and more capable of tracking me / feeding info to whomever about me, I shall refuse to adopt it or will abandon it if already in use.

    I’ve even considered a completely offline existence, using my computer only for offline creativity.

    Believe it or not, I know several people who don’t own computers or mobile phones and they seem none the worse for it.

  • Nunzio X

    This is why young Nunzio doesn’t have a smart phone, and never will have.

    As tech equipment becomes more and more capable of tracking me / feeding info to whomever about me, I shall refuse to adopt it or will abandon it if already in use.

    I’ve even considered a completely offline existence, using my computer only for offline creativity.

    Believe it or not, I know several people who don’t own computers or mobile phones and they seem none the worse for it.

  • Prime

    true story

  • http://techdealsmag.com/softwaremedia-coupon-code/ Media

    I understand why some data would be logged but that’s against the law to collect that much data.

  • http://techdealsmag.com/softwaremedia-coupon-code/ Media

    I understand why some data would be logged but that’s against the law to collect that much data.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Greet the glorious new surveillance state, same as the old surveillance state, only more effective.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Greet the glorious new surveillance state, same as the old surveillance state, only more effective.

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