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Old 12-02-2011   #1
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Default Carrier IQ scandal

Many smartphone users often go about using their devices while thinking that what they're doing is their business and that no one can track what they're doing, but one Android developer has posted a video showing a piece of software that is quietly logging his every action. The software is made by a company called Carrier IQ, and it's installed on over over 141 million devices, which includes Android, BlackBerry, older iOS devices, and possibly newer iOS models, too. (It's been reported that Nokia's Symbian products also feature the Carrier IQ software, but Nokia has told Gizmodo that Carrier IQ is not installed on their devices.)

Carrier IQ's software is completely hidden from the end user, and the company recently told Wired that its software is meant to help manufacturers and carriers "understand the mobile-user experience" and track things like dropped calls, app crashes and signal quality, not log keystrokes. However, as recently discovered by Android dev Trevor Eckhart, it tracks just about everything a user does with their phone, including key presses, sent and received messages, and even encrypted searches, and sends that data back to Carrier IQ servers. Eckhart recorded a video showing the logging in action, which you can see down below.

So what can you do about about Carrier IQ? Not much, unfortunately. There's no way to opt-out of Carrier IQ or anything like that, and the software will continue to log information when the device it's on is in airplane mode. It'll even keep going when a device is no longer connected to a wireless account but is still used with Wi-Fi. There is one thing that Android users can do to rid themselves of Carrier IQ, though, which is rooting their device and replacing the stock ROM with a custom one like CyanogenMod. Once again, you can watch the video below to see Carrier IQ in action. It's a long clip, but definitely worth a watch. We've yet to hear much of a response from manufacturers and carriers on this whole situation, but we'll update you if/when we do.


More details have also been dug up about Carrier IQ on iOS products. It's been revealed by iOS dev chpwn that although the software is still found on newer iOS devices running iOS 5, although it doesn't appear to record quite as much information as the version found on older versions of iOS and other platforms. Also, users that want to turn off Carrier IQ in iOS 5 can turn off "Diagnostics and Usage" found in the System Services portion of the Location Services part of the Settings menu.

are ios and android phones around the world affected or its only USA?


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T17XQI_AYNo&feature=player_embedded#!

Now i know that i dont have it.
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Carrier IQ threatened to sue Trevor if he doesn't back off, the EFF came to his rescue and voila, look at the Carrier IQ fags retreating:
https://www.eff.org/mention/carrieri...or-eckhart-eff
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this is a real scandal , if as CIQ says that this is for anonymous data collection for improving service bla bla etc.. then why the hell are they recording keystrokes and everything you type! btw they denied that they do that , in the video up it shows you that it does.
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Download Voodo CarrierIQ detector from Android market place to test if you have CIQ on your android.
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That's the same thing as SIM Toolkit. When it was invented, it wasn't meant to be evil.
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