Your cellphone has a Keylogger
Do you think that your cellphone is secure? If the answer to that was yes, then think again.
Many tech nerds/geeks were angry when a few months ago they found out that Apple was actually tracking where people were. The internet was a very angry place for a little while, but it turns out that Apple people were not the only people with problems. We now know that thanks to a security researcher who has released several videos showing a thing called “Carrier IQ”. The security researcher, Trevor Eckhart released a 17 minute video showing, that when you are using a HTC, Blackberry, Nokia, and several other cellphone manufacturers you are having your keys logged. If you are unfamiliar with keyloggers, they can see everything you do, even if it’s an HTTPS. HTTPS is supposed to be secure, supposedly, not as much as you think. The company behind Carrier IQ defended the software to wired.com saying
“the software is used to gather “information” off the handset to understand the mobile-user experience, where phone calls are dropped, where signal quality is poor, why applications crash and battery life”
BUT the main thing is, they do not need all the information they are getting.
Main point: these phone manufactures know how wierd you really are.
None of us want to see our data snooped like this so I’m glad Eckhart uncovered this and that others are reporting on it. Perhaps Apple doesn’t have the market cornered on negative coverage after all. It could very well be that this isn’t as bad as it sounds, but the burden is on all the involved parties to come back with a clear response and then tone this app back or remove it. They shouldn’t be logging our keystrokes whether it keeps that data on the phone or sends it all back to the carrier.
Technology has become so integrated into everything that society would cease to function without it. Technology and Privacy CAN coexist, but only if we demand it and impose harsh punishment (and punitive damages) for violators. We have privacy laws, but they need to be updated, strengthened, and enforced which doesn’t happen because the biggest violator is the government itself. All kinds of institutions (especially banking ones) are forced to spy via the “patriot act.”
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.