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Windows 7: So, there's a rootkit hidden in millions of cellphones

06 Dec 2011   #11

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Punkster View Post
Well, apparently BlackBerry smartphones are safe from this BS:

Carrier IQ not installed on BlackBerry phones, says RIM | The Verge

Since my phone is OEM, i don't know.. but i'll still check it :)
On a BB, all carrier customizations are controlled by service books.

This also means that they can't preinstall applications, only stick a download link on your homescreen that pops back when you delete them (but they can be hidden no prob)

How CIQ get's onto Blackberrys is by being wrapped into one of the carrier's applications trojan-style, but even then it disappears when you delete the application.

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08 Dec 2011   #12
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Lookout Releases Free Carrier IQ Detection App

A mobile security software company last Friday released a tool that detects Carrier IQ, the software embedded in numerous smartphones that has raised questions from users, privacy advocates and even Congress.

Lookout, best known for the Android security software by the same name, launched the free Carrier IQ Detector last week. It can be downloaded from the Android Market.

The tool only detects the presence of Carrier IQ on Android handsets: It does not scrub the software from the smartphone.

Lookout said that Carrier IQ was "deeply integrated with handset firmware [and] users would be required to attain special device privileges in order to remove it," then warned that doing so incorrectly could "put users at further risk of malware infection" and possibly make them unable to receive future phone updates.

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10 Dec 2011   #13
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Removing CarrierIQ Is A Really Bad Idea For Most Mobile Phone Users

The controversy over stealthy monitoring software by CarrierIQ has raised important questions about user privacy and business ethics in the Brave New World of smart phones, tablets and the like. In the uproar over CarrierIQ's surreptitious monitoring of mobile phone users, various tools have appeared that claim to be able to detect the software. However - removing CarrierIQ from your phone is another matter entirely. And,while some sites have offered instructions on doing so, Kaspersky Lab researcher Tim Armstrong said that, for all but a few mobile phone hardware experts, doing a CarrierIQ-pendectomy is a bad idea.

"The software simply can’t be removed by the average user," Armstrong writes in a blog post on Securelist. "Even if a person ‘roots’ or ‘jailbreaks’ their phone to remove the software, there have been reports that this breaks functionality , or even ‘softbricks’ or temporarily renders the phone inoperable. Some other users are flashing custom ROM’s to their systems. These are customized full replacements of the vendor installed operating system. In some cases, users are still finding Carrier IQ files present after doing so.

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