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'Abd Al-Maajid
12-01-2011, 02:14 PM
An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users.

In a YouTube video posted on Monday, Trevor Eckhart showed how software from a Silicon Valley company known as Carrier IQ recorded in real time the keys he pressed into a stock EVO handset, which he had reset to factory settings just prior to the demonstration. Using a packet sniffer while his device was in airplane mode, he demonstrated how each numeric tap and every received text message is logged by the software.

Ironically, he says, the Carrier IQ software recorded the “hello world” dispatch even before it was displayed on his handset.

Eckhart then connected the device to a Wi-Fi network and pointed his browser at Google. Even though he denied the search giant's request that he share his physical location, the Carrier IQ software recorded it. The secret app then recorded the precise input of his search query – again, “hello world” – even though he typed it into a page that uses the SSL, or secure sockets layer, protocol to encrypt data sent between the device and the servers.

“We can see that Carrier IQ is querying these strings over my wireless network [with] no 3G connectivity and it is reading HTTPS,” the 25-year-old Eckhart says.



The video was posted four days after Carrier IQ withdrew legal threats against Eckhart for calling its software a “rootkit.” The Connecticut-based programmer said the characterization is accurate because the software is designed to obscure its presence by bypassing typical operating-system functions.

In an interview last week, Carrier IQ VP of Marketing Andrew Coward rejected claims the software posed a privacy threat because it never captured key presses.

“Our technology is not real time,” he said at the time. "It's not constantly reporting back. It's gathering information up and is usually transmitted in small doses.”

Coward went on to say that Carrier IQ was a diagnostic tool designed to give network carriers and device manufacturers detailed information about the causes of dropped calls and other performance issues.

Eckhart said he chose the HTC phone purely for demonstration purposes. Blackberrys, other Android-powered handsets, and smartphones from Nokia contain the same snooping software, he claims.

The 17-minute video concluded with questions, including: “Why does SMSNotify get called and show to be dispatching text messages to [Carrier IQ]?” and “Why is my browser data being read, especially HTTPS on my Wi-Fi?”

The Register has put the same questions to Carrier IQ, and will update this post if the company responds.

The video was posted four days after Carrier IQ withdrew legal threats against Eckhart for calling its software a “rootkit.” The Connecticut-based programmer said the characterization is accurate because the software is designed to obscure its presence by bypassing typical operating-system functions.

In an interview last week, Carrier IQ VP of Marketing Andrew Coward rejected claims the software posed a privacy threat because it never captured key presses.

“Our technology is not real time,” he said at the time. "It's not constantly reporting back. It's gathering information up and is usually transmitted in small doses.”

Coward went on to say that Carrier IQ was a diagnostic tool designed to give network carriers and device manufacturers detailed information about the causes of dropped calls and other performance issues.

Eckhart said he chose the HTC phone purely for demonstration purposes. Blackberrys, other Android-powered handsets, and smartphones from Nokia contain the same snooping software, he claims.

The 17-minute video concluded with questions, including: “Why does SMSNotify get called and show to be dispatching text messages to [Carrier IQ]?” and “Why is my browser data being read, especially HTTPS on my Wi-Fi?”

The Register has put the same questions to Carrier IQ, and will update this post if the company responds.

Source: The Register
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جوري
12-02-2011, 12:19 AM
yeah read this a while back, if only I had foresight to go into the spying business.. ^o)
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Dagless
12-02-2011, 01:32 AM
Scary stuff. Luckily I only used custom roms on my old HTC. I really hope that company gets sued.
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Abz2000
12-02-2011, 02:13 AM
sadly orwell's 1984 was just a lame attempt at showing the future of mankind - now just wonder why taxpayer funded darpa allocated siri got sold to millions of iphone users and how that relates to your voice calls over non ios phones.......... a full palm-reading system which will be able to categorize people between mindless zombies and troublesome thinkers giving real-time stats.

also research: hollerith holocaust ibm
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Muezzin
12-03-2011, 04:04 PM
Originally Posted by Abz2000
sadly orwell's 1984 was just a lame attempt at showing the future of mankind
Orwell's 1984 accurately predicts the future because it accurately reports the past.
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User2024
12-03-2011, 06:10 PM
I lol'd at his name "Coward"
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Abz2000
12-07-2011, 02:58 AM
Originally Posted by Muezzin
Orwell's 1984 accurately predicts the future because it accurately reports the past.
you got me all backwards brother - i read that book (it's on my shelf now), i remember constantly pausing to reflect on the astonishing parallels we see today,
what i meant was that it's getting worse than what orwell envisioned. the term "orwell's rolling in his grave" comes to mind.
aldous huxley's "brave new world" was also amazing, but it showed the mentality of the accepting lot more vividly in contrast to orwell's accurate description of the rebel mind
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Aprender
12-07-2011, 03:41 AM
Ah. The mention of those books brings me back to senior year AP English and all of the class discussions we had on newsspeak
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