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On 12/6/11 11:33 AM, Pfeifer, Erwin wrote:
I think it's worth readin' this.
Taken from: http://www.wservernews.com/
Your Smartphone -IS- Spying On You!
There is a process installed on most recent smart phones called
IQ. You cannot stop this process. It looks at
what is happening on
phone and sends every button you press to the IQ
app. From there, the
data — including the content of text messages — is sent to Carrier
servers, in secret. I checked it out on my own
HTC Android phone from
Sprint and sure enough, it's there.
It cannot be turned off without rooting the phone and then replacing
whole OS. Moreover, even if you stop paying for
service from your
carrier and just use Wi-Fi, your phone still reports to Carrier IQ.
Dang! Worse, if you use Google search, and type in a search term,
is supposed to be https, so it should be
encrypted. However, the
IQ software sends it over Wi-Fi in cleartext:
This particular software is installed on hundreds of millions of
handsets, including modern BlackBerry and Nokia phones, and early
versions of Apple's iOS, but no one knew about it until Android
developer Trevor Eckhart analyzed how it works. Carrier IQ's software
even running on every iOS version dating back to
iOS 3, well-known
iPhone hacker "Chpwn" said in a blog post. (Apple seem to have woken
with iOS5 where you can turn off Diagnostics and
Usage in Settings.)
Link to Chpwn here: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1322990280328
The software secretly logs pretty much anything that happens on a
supposedly for the reason that carriers and phone
quality control'. Yeah right, maybe so, but
Carrier IQ can be served
with subpoenas as well, and then all traffic is right there for Big
Brother to be perused. Me no like. And think about compliance for a
moment! This thing has a bunch of legal and ethical angles that the
lawyers are just going to LOVE. I'm pretty sure the first class
lawsuits are being filed are you read this.
I would not be surprised if this will go all the way up to the
Court, it is related to the the Fourth Amendment
of the U.S.
Constitution: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons,
houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and
shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall
issue, but upon probable
cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing
place to be searched, and the persons or things
to be seized."
Wow, what a privacy and security hole, unbelievable. Below is the
video where he clearly shows what is going on.
Eckhart calls it a
rootkit, but that is a bit much, though it clearly qualifies as a
Backdoor Trojan in my book.
Probably CIQ started out with the laudable idea to measure carrier
handset performance. But that is where it went
off the rails in a
Using code that acts like a backdoor Trojan is
totally the wrong way
do that. I wonder if they heard of the Sony
rootkit debacle of 2005?
The carriers (and Carrier IQ) have access to Android source code, and
apparently they do what they want with it, without Google being able
object. Apple seems to have taken action, caused
by user backlash.
Google, I suggest you have a look into this... remember 'do no evil'?
Ben Scott remarked: "A while ago some people said, "Glad I'm on
Verizon!". Then the apparent Verizon reporting was discovered. Other
people were saying, "Glad I don't use Android!". Then Symbian and RIM
reporting was discovered. Other people said, "Hah hah! Apple would
*never* let this happen!" Then the iOS reporting was discovered.
appears to be a trend here." I wonder if the
Carriers are in bed with
the Feds,and that Law Enforcement is using this. Talk about privacy
You can see the video where Eckhart demos what happens on Android.
that I have anything to hide, but I'm going
to root my phone now, or
look for some app that rips out CIQ.
Video on WIRED:
Update: Looks like Eckhart -has- some code that checks for CIQ and
disables it. Less time than rooting a phone. Start here:
Questa di carrierIQ è davvero una brutta storia, che no fa che peggiorare col passare dei
Vogliamo fare un piccolo workshop: "libera il tuo smarphone (android)" dove
mostrare come si installa una versione free(compilata dai sorgenti) di android?
Ci sarebbero persone interessate a partecipare?
-- Inviato con un client di posta free ed open source