How Carrier IQ was wrongly accused of keylogging
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 03/12/2011 16:29
In just a few days, a startup company named Carrier IQ has been subjected to extraordinary public vilification, with reports accusing it of making a "rootkit keylogger" that "creeps out everyone" or is the "rootkit of all evil."
The only problem, which is always a risk when a public lynching takes place, is that Carrier IQ appears to be not guilty of the charges lodged against it.
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US senator calls for answers on phone 'snooping'
The maker of the smartphone software that triggered a snooping row has been called to account by a US Senator.
Senator Al Franken has written to Carrier IQ asking it to explain the "troubling" findings of security expert Trevor Eckhart.
Mr Eckhart claimed Carrier IQ software could log everything people did on their smartphones but did not ask for consent to record data.
Carrier IQ said its software helped diagnose faults, not spy on users.