Your mobile phone is logging your every action
11/29/2011 3 Comments
There is a mobile phone app that is embedded in your cellphone that records every keystroke, every site you visit, and the police can get this information from the phone company without a search warrant.
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 it.
The company denies its software logs keystrokes. Eckhart’s 17-minute video clearly undercuts that claim.
You can read the rest of the article at WIRED. The article concludes:
Cringe as the video shows the software logging each number as Eckhart fingers the dialer.
“Every button you press in the dialer before you call,” he says on the video, “it already gets sent off to the IQ application.”
From there, the data — including the content of text messages — is sent to Carrier IQ’s servers, in secret.
By the way, it cannot be turned off without rooting the phone and replacing the operating system. And even if you stop paying for wireless service from your carrier and decide to just use Wi-Fi, your device still reports to Carrier IQ.
If you are watching porn on your smartphone, or if you have a secret girl friend, or are accessing your bank accounts, or investment accounts on your cellphone STOP! Your whole life is being stored in your service providers data base, which the government can access with out your knowledge.