Gets interesting around 5:30
A young geek has found a program – Carrier IQ – that logs everything running on millions of phones, text messages, email, encrypted web searches. I checked on my Samsung Android and I can’t find anything similar, but it seems to be a rootkit that’s running on millions of Android, Blackberry and Nokia smartphones, basically reporting all your base back to the carrier.
This video above is a bit long and detailed, but I still found it interesting. It’s already been pretty documented iPhones and Androids are tracking and reporting where you are. One German politician created a map showing all his movements, which a newspaper combined with his public tweets and blog post, but apparently the carrier is getting all that info as well.
The Android developer who raised the ire of a mobile-phone monitoring company last week is on the attack again, producing a video of how the Carrier IQ software secretly installed on millions of mobile phones reports most everything a user does on a phone.
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. (Wired)
The title here is something of a misnomer, Android doesn’t read anything, your carrier would. AFAIK, Dialog isn’t collecting or even monitoring my stuff, but perhaps check on your phone. This seems somewhat standard in the US. Quality control mebbe, but for web apps ‘send user reports’ is opt in, and doesn’t include the content of what you’re saying.
I think this type of data tracking is interesting, indeed, you could make infographics of your life, but it’s not cool when it’s in someone else’s control. This also makes me wonder, can governments subpeona this? Couldn’t this prove or disprove many allegations of crime? I mean, the carriers seem to have your location as well as what your saying, to whom, and what you’re doing online.
I must say that I’m intrigued by this technology, but not as a rootkit, and not something hackers have to figure out. In that sense, it’s actually quite creepy.