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Researchers Say Carrier IQ Not Logging Data, Texts

Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes | more than 2 years ago

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Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Security researchers who have investigated the inner workings of the Carrier IQ software and its capabilities say that the application has some powerful, and potentially worrisome capabilities, but that as it's currently deployed by carriers it doesn't have the ability to record SMS messages, phone calls or keystrokes. However, the researchers note that there is still potential for abuse of the information that's being gathered, whether by the carriers themselves or third parties who can access the data legitimately or through a compromise of a device.

Jon Oberheide, a security researcher who has done a lot of work on Android devices, also analyzed several versions of the Carrier IQ software and found that the software has the ability to record some information, but that doesn't mean that it's actually doing so. That part is up to each individual carrier. However, he says that the ability to collect that data is a dangerous thing.

"There is a lot of capability to collect sensitive data, which is dangerous in any scenario," Oberheide said in an interview. "It's up to the carriers to use the software as they choose, but you could sort of put some blame on Carrier IQ. But they put it on the carriers.""

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