Carrier IQ Researcher Posts Video Showing Software Spying On Encrypted Transmissions.

  • November 30, 2011 12:28 am

The public image surrounding Carrier IQ, the company infamously called out by security research and XDA dev, Trevor Eckhart, just got kicked in the teeth while it was picking itself up off the ground.

If you recall, Eckhart accused Carrier IQ’s software of going way too far in how/what it tracks on mobile phones. (Read: it pretty much tracks everything — even encrypted transmissions.) Carrier IQ responded with a lawsuit which they then repealed shortly thereafter while also tossing an apology Eckhart’s way. Now Eckhart is hitting back once again with a new video that shows Carrier IQ software doing the very thing(s) the company claims they don’t — invasive tracking of private and encrypted user data. It’s so deep into the phone in fact that phone calls, text messages, passwords sent over HTTPS and other forms of communication are logged and easily read (provided you have the tools and know-how) before the phone notifies you that there is anything to see/hear.

We’ll clear the air and say that the type of tracking and data sorting that Carrier IQ essentially aims for is highly beneficial to carriers as well as consumers. For carriers it helps them understand end user usage habits and spot trouble areas in network coverage (among other things). For end users, the mere fact that the carrier is actively monitoring their network to make sure your experience is optimal is good enough we think. Unfortunately, Carrier IQ is lying right through their teeth when it comes to what the software does, not to mention being able to rather easily see the contents of transmissions sent via the secure HTTPS protocol is highly alarming.

When questioned again by, Carrier IQ wouldn’t comment on the allegations above, simply stating that they “are looking forwarding to our meeting with EFF this week and will continue to keep you updated”

Paranoid/angry yet?

Video after the break. It’s long, but very informative and well worth the ~17 minutes required to see it from start to finish.



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