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japura941
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12/7/2011 | 5:52:53 PM
re: Carrier IQ: Just A Little Evil?
Not only can Carrier IQ be equivalent to a bot, but it can also be the worst of it's kind, a Chameleon app as it had been granted with the highest root privileges on the mobile device.

Because Carrier IQ does not go through Android Market gateway for review, application agreement, etc., Carrier IQ can be updated and pushed without supervision specifically to any of the 150 million users at ANY TIME, ANYWHERE, the mobile device may be.

If Carrier IQ is to function harmlessly, they push version 1.0.0.

But if Carrier IQ is to function as a complete virtual keylogger, then they push version 1.0.1.
or if Carrier IQ is to function as a dedicated real time secret GPS spy tracker, then they push version 1.0.2.
or if Carrier IQ is to function as a dedicated real time secret Audio Recorder, then they push version 1.0.3.
or if Carrier IQ is to function as a dedicated real time secret Video Recorder, then they push version 1.0.4.
or if Carrier IQ is to function as a dedicated real time secret HTTP, HTTPS content stream reader, then they push version 1.0.5.

And when they are done, it is updated instantly and reverts to the harmless version 1.0.0.

So by the time a Security Researcher inspects the code, it appears harmless.

The fact that the Carrier IQ app cannot be uninstalled, cannot be disabled, cannot be stopped like the rest of the hundred thousand other apps, Carrier IQ is inherently designed without good intentions for the 150 million users infected.
Robert A.
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12/7/2011 | 2:18:33 PM
re: Carrier IQ: Just A Little Evil?
Metaphor check: Pandora was never in the box; she is the one who opened it In this case, it would be more appropriate to say that the cat is out of the bag.
ANON1246978719139
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12/7/2011 | 5:55:07 AM
re: Carrier IQ: Just A Little Evil?
Is the Carrier IQ software the equivalent of a bot? It has pretty complete access to your smart phone. Can it be commanded remotely? Sure, the data forwarded to Carrier IQ (or your carrier) may be pretty benign today, but can Carrier IQ or your carrier command it to collect and forward different information?

Can law enforcement / national security / political campaign organizations request that Carrier IQ collect additional data from specific individuals?

Can Carrier IQ assure us that no one else can control their software in my phone? Should I be concerned if the Carrier IQ software on my smartphone is being commanded from Russia? Of course, I'm sure Carrier IQ uses the latest security measures, but if RSA can get hacked...


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