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Security researcher receives a cease-and-desist for exposing tracking software in Android devices

0. phoneArena 23 Nov 2011, 00:11 posted on

Carrier IQ is accusing security researcher, Trevor Eckhart, of copyright infringement for the research he posted online about the company's tracking software that is embedded in Android devices.

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posted on 23 Nov 2011, 00:28 2

1. daniyo (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


tf!!!!!! D:< this aint cooll

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 00:36 2

2. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


So much for security hahahahaha

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 00:53 4

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7070; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Hmm. I can see the usefulness of the tracking software if it measures the system's performance in performing different tasks. Sounds like this is a story ripe to be overhyped though.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 04:57

7. rf1975 (Posts: 245; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


You can check what it all about here.

http://www.xda-developers.com/android/the-rootkit-of-all-evil-ciq/

http://www.xda-developers.com/android/carrier-iq-sues-treve/

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 16:34 1

15. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


"Overhyped" Your carrier hid tracking info at the root of your phone in the kernal and it tracks calls, msgs, gps, web pages, nfc transactions, well basically everything you do on YOUR phone and everything you put on it and knows everywhere you took it and you see no problem with this?? Why do they need to track that much info?

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 01:38 2

4. Scuba_Steve (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Sniggly - Agreed.


Honestly, I think facebook invades more than this by actually reading my statuses, comments, etc. If they want to track me then so be it. I'm either at work or I'm at home.

Can anyone answer my question because I had a customer ask me this and I have heard so many things I don't know what is true or not.

"Can/ does carriers keep recordings of text messages?" "If so, can the customer use them in a court of law?"

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 01:55 4

5. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Yes they need a subpoena and the messages are only kept a short time.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 02:15

6. Scuba_Steve (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


Thanks. I have employees from AT&T and T-Mobile telling me that they don't save any information like that and the same time I have Verizon employees telling me that they do.

It's just a huge mess trying to figure what's true or not.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 06:33 1

8. robinrisk (unregistered)


Phonearena had aan article on this, some carriers do, some carriers do not. Verizon does keep your messages for a year, Att keeps them for a brief period of time and if i remember correctly, T-Mobile and Sprint only keep your message timestamps.

Im sure about the Sprint thing though.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 07:52 1

10. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


When I worked for Verizon I had to help a detective go through the proper pecking order to get to someone who could give him what he needed but the bottom line was that yes they did keep records.

At least on Verizon.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 11:49 1

14. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


I know for a fact Tmobile doesnt keep them in the store, or on their stores computers. Every carrier keeps them, maybe higher up somewhere on a skynet server, but they dont give the stores options to get that information.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 07:36

9. rob5150 (Posts: 115; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


scuba-Steve... You asked facebook to come on to your phone , then allowed facebook to track you with your full knowledge of how intrusive and scary facebook is.

carrier iq is a blatant covert application installed by the carriers.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 08:06 1

11. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


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posted on 23 Nov 2011, 08:55 1

12. remixfa (Posts: 13910; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


VZW most definately keeps your texts for a time. My understanding is that they all do, in case of a legal need.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 09:58

13. Hildy (Posts: 33; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


This is the kind of malware that security suites should, but don't, protect against. I don't want parental controls on my children, I want owner controls on my manufacturer and carrier.

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