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Carrier IQ: Privacy Issues on Smartphones

A Smartphone Vlogger recently posted a video about a frightening discovery… Some carriers capture a good chunk of information about how you use your phone… EVEN your searches.

At Illinois Valley Cellular, we are concerned about your privacy and DO NOT install software like this to our smartphones.

Read the article from Huffpost: Carriers installing Spyware on Smartphones

Just read that RIM (BlackBerry) states that it DOES NOT include Carrier IQ in it’s products (read more here):

RIM can attest that it does not pre-install the CarrierIQ application on BlackBerry smartphones and has never done so. Furthermore, RIM does not authorize its carrier partners to install the CarrierIQ application on BlackBerry smartphones before sales or distribution and has never done so. RIM also did not develop or commission the development of the CarrierIQ application, nor is RIM involved in any way in the testing, promotion, or distribution of the CarrierIQ application.

Also, Gizmodo points out a possible SENTATE INVESTIGATION!

[I]t appears the software captures a broad swath of extremely sensitive information from users that would appear to have nothing to do with diagnostics—including who they are calling, the contents of the texts they are receiving, the contents of their searches and the websites they visit.

These actions may violate federal privacy laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This is potentially a very serious matter.

Gizmodo breaks it down like this, ” Carrier IQ is an “embedded analytics company” that serves that information up to its clients on a silver, snooping platter.”

Read this article to get more a in depth look at this full on breach of privacy between these other non-IVC carriers and their smartphone users.

Spy Eye Trojan Popping up on Android Phones

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SOURCE: Phandroid

The SpyEye banking trojan that’s been affecting PC users has now made its way onto Android. The developers of the malware have created a trojan called Spitmo which is made to target Android users by asking already infected desktop users to install their special “security software” in order to work with their bank’s online services on their mobile device.

If you’re gullible enough to take the bait your SMS messages will then be intercepted and uploaded to the crooks’ servers. Why SMS messages? The SpyEye developers have use the trojan to intercept the one-time SMS pass codes many banks use as a key defense to thwart password logging software.

If you think the problem of malware is a unique to Android, researches also found that SpyEye’s Android malware appears to be similar to a banking trojan used to steal SMS messages from Symbian devices.

This is all pretty scary stuff but once again, if it isn’t in the Android Market — don’t download it.

You can take precaution and download security apps which will scan for malicious files with every market download. Our favorties, Lookout and AVG.