Ever wondered if someone else is reading that text message you just sent your significant other? Well, according to The Huffington Post, someone is.

In an article published on November 30th, the online newspaper states that security researcher Trevor Eckhart has proven that there is software out there, logging every text message, Google search and phone number typed on a wide variety of smartphones. This is a frightening realization to many who thought that what they did on their phone was private.

The software, Carrier IQ, raises many privacy concerns because it is something that is included in most products customers are using daily.  Eckhart refers to Carrier IQ as a “rootkit” which is a security term for software that runs in the background of an operating system without the user’s knowledge.

Carrier IQ told Wired.com that it’s software does not have malicious intent, but instead is for “gathering information off the handset to understand the mobile-user experience, where phone calls are dropped, where signal quality is poor, why applications crash and battery life.”.

If it was gathering information for these purposes, why is it saving Google searches and text messages?

What do you think? Is Carrier IQ a breach of privacy?

2 responses to “Carrier IQ Threatens Security Researcher for Uncovering ‘Rootkit’ Spy Software

Posted by fergusonsarah

This is alarming to many who thought that what they did to there phone.

Posted on December 2, 2011 at 4:04 am

Posted by Michael L. Hoffman

You’re right, it is alarming that there is software tracking smartphone users’ texts, phone numbers and Google searches. What people do on their own phones should be their own business. It’s important that smartphone users’ privacy is protected.

Posted on December 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm

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