Everyone currently using an Android or Blackberry phone needs to be aware that virtually everything you type into the phone is being recorded and sent to Carrier IQ. When I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. Even stuff encrypted over HTTPS is being sent.
In a YouTube video posted on Monday, Trevor Eckhart showed how software from a Silicon Valley company known as Carrier IQ recorded in real time the keys he pressed into a stock EVO handset, which he had reset to factory settings just prior to the demonstration. Using a packet sniffer while his device was in airplane mode, he demonstrated how each numeric tap and every received text message is logged by the software.
Ironically, he says, the Carrier IQ software recorded the “hello world” dispatch even before it was displayed on his handset.
Eckhart then connected the device to a Wi-Fi network and pointed his browser at Google. Even though he denied the search giant’s request that he share his physical location, the Carrier IQ software recorded it. The secret app then recorded the precise input of his search query – again, “hello world” – even though he typed it into a page that uses the SSL, or secure sockets layer, protocol to encrypt data sent between the device and the servers.
“We can see that Carrier IQ is querying these strings over my wireless network [with] no 3G connectivity and it is reading HTTPS,” the 25-year-old Eckhart says.
Here’s the video:
So, what does Carrier IQ have to say about this? Their VP of marketing Andrew Coward had the following to say, “Our technology is not real time, It’s not constantly reporting back. It’s gathering information up and is usually transmitted in small doses.”
Oh, thats OK then, you have nothing to worry about. Everything you type into your phone is only sent in batches, not in real time. The fact that your usernames and passwords are included in these packets is perfectly OK, so long as the information isn’t sent as its being typed.
FUCK EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS! How does Google allow shit like this to happen? I am an avid Google fan, but this information, I think I am going to have to switch to Apple’s iPhone.