Android app can detect Carrier IQ on your phone

Android app can detect Carrier IQ on your phone
Carrier IQ is the new hotness when it comes to creepy tactics to get a hold of user data, but there is a new app for Android phones which will let you know whether or not the software is running on your device.

The app is courtesy of  Fran├žois Simond, a.k.a Supercurio, who put it together in just four hours. Unfortunately, the app will currently only detect whether or not Carrier IQ is on your device, but can't do anything about it. Of course, being the good samaritan that he is, Simond has put the code for the app on Github, so other developers will surely expand on his work. Simond also warns that anti-Carrier IQ fixes are not detected and can lead to false positives, but these issues should be ironed out going forward.

You may not be able to actively kill Carrier IQ, but this is a knowing-is-half-the-battle type of situation where you can at least be a bit more careful with your phone. Or, knowing that it's on your device, you can contact your carrier to complain about the software. 

If you want to give it a shot, the Voodoo Carrier IQ detector is available for free on the Android Market. And, if you're a developer looking to build on Simond's work, the code is at Github.

source: Engadget



1. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

Nice... love android :)

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

There is an app than can remove CIQ, if detected, as well as set IPV6 privacy, remove CIQ and stop any app from creating log files. . Look for TrevE's Logging Testapp on the market - ProKey version is suppose to remove CIQ.

3. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

just checked gs2 uk unbranded on t mobile. no carrier IQ for me

7. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Does anyone know the false negative rate?

4. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

And this is what i mean Remixfa DID not troll this article.

5. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I know I Trolled this time just to prove a point

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

your point was?

8. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

There's nothing to troll here you idiot. Android releases an app to detect CarrierIQ... big whoop, can you say the same for the iPhone4? There. Happy now?

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I think iKing missed this article: Like you said...all this is is an Android app to detect if you have it.

12. systamatics

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

LOL , apple just confessed its in all previous ios, but not on ios5

9. systamatics

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

what the hell?? i cant understand anything from the app , what the hell are the detection scores!

11. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Props to this dude for uping the ante with the quickness. Take that, Big Brother!

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