01 Dec '11, 3am
Smartphone researcher finds hidden program that tracks activity on Android, BlackBerry and Nokia handsets
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - A smartphone security researcher is shining light on a hidden program that tracks activity on Android, BlackBerry and Nokia handsets. Trevor Eckhart exposed the workings of Carrier IQ in a video available online on Wednesday as the California company behind the software defended it as a tool for mobile network operators. 'Our software is designed to help mobile network providers diagnose critical issues that lead to problems such as dropped calls and battery drain,' Carrier IQ said in a press statement. The company denied the software logged keystrokes or tracked smartphone users.