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Most Cell Phones Ship With "Rootkit" called CarrierIQ

 
Anonymous Coward
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11/16/2011 04:30 PM
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Most Cell Phones Ship With "Rootkit" called CarrierIQ
First time accepted submitter Kompressor writes "According to a developer on the XDA forums, TrevE, many Android, Nokia, and BlackBerry smartphones have software called Carrier IQ that allows your carrier full access into your handset, including keylogging, which apps have been run, URLs that have been loaded in the browser, etc." Since this was submitted, a few more details have come to light. The software was designed to give carriers useful feedback on aggregate usage patterns, but the software runs as root and the privacy implications are pretty severe.

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All the more reason to not have a cell phone.
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11/16/2011 04:40 PM
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Re: Most Cell Phones Ship With "Rootkit" called CarrierIQ
The irony! I have an HTC (android) & can't get root access without hacking the shit out of it, with the risk of bricking it too. grrr, nosey fuckers!

GET OUT OF MY PHONE!!

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11/18/2011 01:36 PM

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Re: Most Cell Phones Ship With "Rootkit" called CarrierIQ
I've never had a cell phone and lately I've been toying with the idea of getting one (not that I could afford it).

I am well aware of all the tracking and spying possibilities, and of the implications of all that.

Almost the creepiest thing about the tracking/spying capabilities of cell phones, is the fact that it doesn't seem to bother anybody? They just accept it?





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