BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps article tells that Android app developer Trevor Eckhart has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users.
Many Android, Nokia, and BlackBerry smartphones have software called Carrier IQ. Carrier IQ is a diagnostic tool designed to give network carriers and device manufacturers detailed information about the causes of dropped calls and other performance issues. But it seems that it is collecting more information than smartphone user might like it to have. Carrier IQ allows allows your carrier full access into your handset, including keylogging, which apps have been run, URLs that have been loaded in the browser, etc.
CarrierIQ tried to silence Eckhart, but later backtracked. Eckhart labeled the software a “rootkit,” and software maker threatened him with legal action and huge money damages. The Electronic Frontier Foundation came to his side last week, and the company backed off on its threats.
In a YouTube video, Trevor Eckhart shows how software from Carrier IQ recorded in real time the keys he pressed into a stock handset. The company denies its software logs keystrokes. Eckhart’s 17-minute video clearly undercuts that claim.
After all this you just have to learn to trust your phone operator even more than you wanted before… or hack your phone to get rid of this kind of programs. By the way, it cannot be turned off without rooting the phone and replacing the operating system. Why aren’t mobile-phone customers informed of this and given a way to opt out?