David Kravets, reporting for Wired Threat Level:
Though the software is installed on most modern Android,
BlackBerry and Nokia phones, Carrier IQ was virtually unknown
until 25-year-old Trevor Eckhart of Connecticut analyzed its
workings, revealing that the software secretly chronicles a
user’s phone experience — ostensibly so carriers and phone
manufacturers can do quality control.
But now he’s released a video actually showing the logging
of text messages, encrypted web searches and, well, you name
The company denies its software logs keystrokes. Eckhart’s
17-minute video clearly undercuts that claim.
I’ve been reading about Carrier IQ all afternoon, and what they’re logging is simply breathtaking. It’s not clear to me, though, just what is being sent from the devices to Carrier IQ’s servers. What’s being logged on the device is one thing. What’s being sent over the air to Carrier IQ’s servers is another.
★ Wednesday, 30 November 2011