02 Dec '11, 12am

Researcher finds snooping smartphone software - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

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 Control IQ in a video available online 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. However, Eckhart 's video showed Control IQ software buried deep in an Android-powered smartphone recording buttons pressed, Internet search queries, text messages and locations. Eckhart typed a text message of "Hello world!" only to have it instantly appear in a Control IQ application log in an And...

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