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Carrier IQ: Researcher Trevor Eckhart Outs Creepy, Hidden App Installed On Smartphones
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Source: Huffington Post

A security researcher has posted a video detailing hidden software installed on smart phones that logs numerous details about users' activities.

In a 17-minute video posted Monday on YouTube, Trevor Eckhart shows how the software known as Carrier IQ logs every text message, Google search and phone number typed on a wide variety of smart phones - including HTC, Blackberry, Nokia and others - and reports them to the mobile phone carrier.

The application, which is labeled on Eckharts HTC smartphone as "HTC IQ Agent," also logs the URL of websites searched on the phone, even if the user intends to encrypt that data using a URL that begins with "HTTPS," Eckhart said.

The software always runs when Android operating system is running and users are unable to stop it, Eckhart said in the video. "Why is this not opt-in and why is it so hard to fully remove?" Eckhart wrote at the end of the video.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/30/carrier-iq-tre...
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