Last week, some ominous news regarding the FBI's involvement with Carrier IQ surfaced. Carrier IQ, having had its fair heap of godawful press, was quick to shoot me an email clarification. What followed doesn't help its case.
Responding to the US Senate request lead by Senator Al Franken, AT&T, Sprint, HTC, and Samsung have sent the list of all the phones with Carrier IQ spyware installed in them.
Yesterday, we told you about a ominous denial from the FBI regarding its involvement with Carrier IQ. Today, Carrier IQ spoke to us on the matter.
While the FBI has so far blocked FOIA attempts regarding its involvement in the Carrier IQ scandal, the embattled firm has released an expansive report detailing its data collection process and responds directly the allegations against it.
According to security consultant Dan Rosenberg, the Carrier IQ spyware in his Samsung Epic 4G is not recording his text keystrokes. Rosenberg also claims that Carrier IQ cannot record SMS text bodies, emails or web page contents:
Though phone manufacturers have been distancing themselves from the Carrier IQ furore, there are plenty of other pieces of software that could be tracking you, too.
Yesterday we explained how to check for Carrier IQ if you have a rooted Android handset. But people have been busy: now you can download an app from the Android Market to check if you're clean.
HTC has reached out to us with an official statement on why Carrier IQ aka the hidden software lurking and spying on you was on HTC phones. According to them, it's not HTC's fault at all! It's the stupid US carriers who require Carrier IQ.
Holy data privacy scandal! Over the last week the news that Carrier IQ has been tracking millions of smartphone users without their knowledge has ballooned into a full-blown clusternut. Carrier IQ, huh? Sounds nefarious. But what exactly does it do? And why should you care?
Carrier IQ, the software that secretly records actions on many smartphones, is creepy and scary, and there's nothing you can do about it. But the U.S. Senate can, and Senator Al Franken just sent the company a nastygram.
Hey Android user, this Carrier IQ thing got you down? It's kinda like you got drunk and woke up next to some rando from the bar. You wonder, "What if I have Carrier IQ? Should I get tested?" Been there.
Turns out a lot more phones that we originally thought are infected with Carrier IQ, the nothing-you-can-do-about-it rootkit that has all the tinfoil hat people crowing. But not all! Here's a list of the phones that have had hard denials from their manufacturer or carrier or have been found to be clean.
All hell broke loose yesterday when it was discovered that most (but not all) Android phones (and BlackBerries, and others) are recording every keystroke you make. Now, references to the same software have been discovered in Apple's iOS. But in this case, it only logs technical data and it's off by default.
If you have any decently modern Android phone, everything you do is being recorded by hidden software lurking inside. It even circumvents web encryption and grabs everything—including your passwords and Google queries.