Monday, December 5, 2011

Discovered a software that records everything you do with the mobile

It may take just a suspicion, but a new discovery casts reasonable doubt on the respect of some companies to deteriorating privacy of users. This time bomb has been thrown by Trevor Eckhart , a young programmer U.S. security specialist, he has discovered in moving of different operating systems and makes the existence of a software pre-installed that monitors user activity and sends the operators phone data such as location, messaging and SMS passwords user.

Eckhart discovered two weeks ago that some mobile operating system Android had a pre-installed software company Carrier IQ that, without the user knowing it, recording their activity and sent over the Internet. To demonstrate, the programmer filmed a video in which you can see how their actions with a phone HTC were recorded on a computer screen. Even when internet Eckhart agreed to by the security protocol https , which is encrypted, Carrier IQ software could read the information instantly and seamlessly.

Carrier IQ Eckhart sent a notice of "cease and desist" to stop referring to this company, but the program remained strong. The company that was abandoned, a few days later issued a press release explaining that the program does is "count and measure operational information in mobile devices." "This information is used by our customers-operators-as a tool for improving the quality of the network, understand the problems of equipment and ultimately improve the user experience," he said.

Carrier IQ software is about 140 million phones, but it is unclear which ones. On the one hand, while Eckhart tests were with Android, Google this system does not carry the "spy" by default. In fact, not in the official Google phone.

Nokia and BlackBerry, which is immediately associated with this software, ensure that their terminals are shipped with this program. Another thing is if someone installs it later. The Apple iPhone with the current IOS 5.0 does not carry the Carrier IQ software, even if it was in previous versions. In this case, the program was disabled by default.

Amid the controversy, U.S. operators like Sprint and AT & T defended the use of this system to improve the effectiveness of their service. Some authorities have begun to investigate. U.S. Sen. Al Franken has requested an explanation from Carrier IQ, and data protection authorities in Germany and France have already formally requested information to companies to see if the phones are spying on us.


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