Your Android Phone Is Secretly Recording Everything You Do

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  1. Greg Alsobrook

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    Just a heads up for Android users. This seems pretty serious.

    Full article: http://gizmodo.com/5863849/your-android-phone-is-secretly-recording-everything-you-do
     
  2. trdrjeff

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    This his the Android sites overa week ago. Seems to mostly be on Samsung & HTC along with Blackberrys. Glad I am rooted though to remove such things.
     
  3. SayWhat?

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    http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygre...ve-violated-wiretap-law-in-millions-of-cases/
     
  4. Greg Alsobrook

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  5. Stuart Sweet

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    That's just...not good.
     
  6. hdtvfan0001

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    Other articles indicate its limited to certain devices primarily contracted by Sprint and RIM. I'm sure this will unfold with more facts as time goes on.
     
  7. Greg Alsobrook

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    According to the ticker on their website, their "software" is currently deployed on over 141 million handsets. Doesn't seem very "limited" to me.
     
  8. dpeters11

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    I'm trying to figure out how this works on Blackberry, which is supposed to be a more secure system. I know I can log text messages of all the devices, and see their call history etc but certainly don't want the carrier intercepting encrypted email in the decrypted state, or simply recording key presses and sending it to the carrier.
     
  9. dpeters11

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    It takes more than rooting I believe, you need to use something Open Android based, like Cyanogenmod.
     
  10. dpeters11

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    Of course, the other question, is all the stuff that was shown in the video actually saved and sent? Or is it more in a buffer that rolls off? I'd think if it actually sent everything, that would be a huge amount of data. Would that count towards your data cap?
     
  11. dualsub2006

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    It's NOT installed on VZW Android devices. Which if you ask me, that's a little surprising. I've checked my VZW devices and they are clear.

    Sprint is in bed with these people and that's the only carrier that I know is verified to use this spyware.
     
  12. dualsub2006

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    Correct, rooting isn't good enough to purge this from your phone. Last I read you needed to flash a new ROM that doesn't contain this junk.
     
  13. Drew2k

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    Here's an editorial from AndroidCentral about CarrierIQ, came out last night:

    http://www.androidcentral.com/carrier-iq-evil-we-agree-and-hate-we-did-it

    I have the original Droid and I know it's not on my phone, but my brother-in-law and sister have HTC Thunderbolts, so it's likely on their phones. I think every customer who has CarrierIQ installed by their carrier should be calling their carriers and complaining, demanding that it be removed.

    I also wouldn't be surprised to see Chuck Schumer get involved if this gains more publicity - he's very big on privacy issues and protecting consumers.
     
  14. Davenlr

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    No wonder Sprint has unlimited data :)
     
  15. hdtvfan0001

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    Sounds like the fear factor is overhyped on this...nonetheless...there will likely be some changes made for those limited folks who have the code installed.

    In comparison...I'd be far more worried about this happening with my phone...

    http://www.zdnet.com/news/iphone-4-burns-in-flight/6330692
     
  16. Greg Alsobrook

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    Overhyped?? So you wouldn't mind having every text message you send, call you make, search you perform, email you send, password you type in, etc. etc. logged and possibly sent back to who knows who to see??

    You keep using the word limited. You think 141 million+ devices is limited?
     
  17. hdtvfan0001

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    Only if that number was accurate, which many places on the web already have indicate it is not. That's what makes it overhyped.

    I'd be 1000 times more worried about my phone bursting into flames.
     
  18. Greg Alsobrook

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    Wow.
     
  19. tcusta00

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    Droidboi.


    This is why I've stopped actively participating in forums. :nono:
     
  20. hdtvfan0001

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    :rolleyes:
     

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