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01 Dec 2011

Phone said to be spying on its users

While people worry about hackers and loading up antivirus software on the phones, not many thought their own phones might be the ones with malware set up to spy on them. A young systems administrator revealed that software called CarrierIQ in Nokia, Android and other devices looks at keystrokes a user puts into their phone and is nearly impossible to remove.

Many people will understandably be upset that their phone is spying on them, but a former Justice Department prosecutor and current law professor at the University of Colorado Law School says that it may be downright illegal, according to Forbes.

“If CarrierIQ has gotten the handset manufactures to install secret software that records keystrokes intended for text messaging and the Internet and are sending some of that information back somewhere, this is very likely a federal wiretap,” Paul Ohm told the news source. “And that gives the people wiretapped the right to sue and provides for significant monetary damages.”
CarrierIQ took to defense of the claim that they are spying on users, saying it is a diagnostic tool used to "improve the quality of the network, understand device issues and ultimately improve the user experience." Even so, users should always be on the lookout for things that may impede their internet security and try to avoid things that may be malware such as this.