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Settlements from the Carrier IQ class action lawsuit have finally been distributed

Let's take a trip all the way back to 2011. The mobile world was swept up into a controversy around a company called Carrier IQ. The company provided diagnostic information from smartphones to wireless carriers. It was first discovered on phones by XDA Recognized Developer TrevE (who later was nearly sued by Carrier IQ). In short,...

[Update: Statement from ZTE] Report: Some Android Phones Transmit SMS, Call Logs and Location to Chinese Server

Heightened concerns over leakage of personally identifiable information has led to many electronics manufacturers to implement tightened security measures in their products. In contrast, the world of digital advertising has became more pervasive over time, in some parts due to better data mining algorithms. These two facts have proven to be a conundrum for many...

EFF Releases IQIQ to Decode Carrier IQ Profiles

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hard at work on the Carrier IQ issue.  EFF volunteer Jered Wierzbicki reverse-engineered the Carrier IQ Profile file format from WBXML to human-readable XML.  (A Profile is a set of instructions telling IQ Agent on your phone what information to collect, and when to send it back to Carrier IQ.)He then created...

EL13 Firmware for Epic 4G Touch Leaked, Carrier IQ-Free!

Assuming you haven't been living in a cave the last few months, you've heard about Carrier IQ---a baked-in software package that Google CEO Eric Schmidt publicly labeled a key-logger. Thanks to the diligent work of XDA Recognized Developer TrevE, we've brought to light some of the issues surrounding the software package several times in the past.Luckily...

Carrier IQ Releases a Report, FBI is Silent

Carrier IQ released a 19-page document explaining their software, how it’s used, and how it protects the data it collects.  Much of it we already heard, but now with more thorough detail.  Click here to listen to this article.After describing the basics of Carrier IQ and how it’s implemented--a section which points a finger squarely...

Carrier IQ Creeps Out Everyone

Over the last week, Carrier IQ received quite a lot of attention.  First, TrevE was served a Cease and Desist letter from Carrier IQ, including a prepared statement they insisted TrevE release on his website, denouncing his work.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation responded on TrevE’s behalf, calling the C&D a violation of constitutional rights, and...

The Storm Is Not Over Yet – Lets Talk About #CIQ

If you thought that the whole Security Saga was over and done with the triumph of the EFF and a very angry internet mob over CarrierIQ, you were sadly mistaken. You see? The fun part about doing research is that from time to time, you will run into bumps or things that will try to...

The Rootkit Of All Evil – CIQ

And the spy and invasion of privacy saga continues, but this time XDA Recognized Developer TrevE seems to have hit the very core of most of what is happening with devices. You may recall from a few articles back that we started talking about something called CIQ or Carrier iQ. This is, essentially, a piece of software...