How SMART Are You ?

Renee Copyright 2011

What is your IQ ? How much privacy does one need ?

Did you ever think that you would become just one, big machine ? Did you ever think that just like a machine a bigger machine would keep track of your every word, key stroke, picture or thought ?

Think again….

Carrier IQ;

18 responses to “How SMART Are You ?

    • From link above;
      Most of the bruhaha over Carrier IQ and its activity-tracking rootkit has been contained to the US so far. That’s about to change though, and the software company could find itself at the center of an international privacy scandal. The British Information Commissioner’s Office and the European Consumers’ Organization have both started looking into the diagnostics software, while the Bavarian State Office for Data Protection has specifically engaged with Apple over its inclusion of parts of Carrier IQ’s suite in iOS. This, of course, comes only days after US lawmakers requested their own government open an investigation. So far, all of the major British providers have denied using the tool on their handsets but, the drama is still unfolding and there’s plenty of time for others to get caught up in this mess.


    “Organizations and regulators across Europe, including Germany, have started looking into the use of Carrier IQ’s tracking software, to ensure that mobile phone vendors and operators are not violating users’ privacy. The Bavarian State Office for Data Protection has sent a letter to Apple questioning the company about its use of Carrier IQ’s software.

    The use of Carrier IQ’s software caused a furor after security researcher Trevor Eckhart last month published a report accusing the company of installing malware on a number of different smartphones, where it apparently allowed operators and phone vendors to keep track of key presses, browsing history, SMS logs, and location data without the users knowledge.

    Thomas Kranig, president of the Bavarian data protection office, said: “The most important thing to me is that users know how their data is used, and if that isn’t the case there is a problem.” …
    “Consumers are often shocked when they discover they are being so closely tracked, so more transparency is an urgent requirement,” said Monique Goyens, Director General at BEUC, via email. …
    Carrier IQ last week said its software is only used to diagnose operational problems on networks and mobile devices, and does not record, store or transmit the contents of SMS messages, email, photographs, audio or video.”

    I believe them. Don’t you? 🙂

  2. Android Security Test


    This information is written to the best of my knowledge using publicly available resources. No security was bypassed to obtain anything marked confidential, and Carrier IQ made no effort to protect said documents.

    You can take the Carrier IQ training yourself here –

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    I have made a mirror of all materials referenced here for download for the sole purpose of allowing others to understand and verify my security research on Carrier IQ.

  3. My friend left HER Smartphone at the bar…..her drink is waiting too;

    • A smartphone is a high-end mobile phone built on a mobile computing platform, with more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a contemporary feature phone.[1][2][3] The first smartphones were devices that mainly combined the functions of a personal digital assistant (PDA) and a mobile phone or camera phone. Today’s models also serve to combine the functions of portable media players, low-end compact digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and GPS navigation units. Modern smartphones typically also include high-resolution touchscreens, web browsers that can access and properly display standard web pages rather than just mobile-optimized sites, and high-speed data access via Wi-Fi and mobile broadband.

      The most common mobile operating systems (OS) used by modern smartphones include Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Windows Phone, Nokia’s Symbian, RIM’s BlackBerry OS, and embedded Linux distributions such as Maemo and MeeGo. Such operating systems can be installed on many different phone models, and typically each device can receive multiple OS software updates over its lifetime.

      The distinction between smartphones and feature phones can be vague and there is no official definition for what constitutes the difference between them. One of the most significant differences is that the advanced application programming interfaces (APIs) on smartphones for running third-party applications[4] can allow those applications to have better integration with the phone’s OS and hardware than is typical with feature phones. In comparison, feature phones more commonly run on proprietary firmware, with third-party software support through platforms such as Java ME or BREW.[1] An additional complication in distinguishing between smartphones and feature phones is that over time the capabilities of new models of feature phones can increase to exceed those of phones that had been promoted as smartphones in the past.

      • The first smartphone was the IBM Simon; it was designed in 1992 and shown as a concept product[5] that year at COMDEX, the computer industry trade show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was released to the public in 1993 and sold by BellSouth. Besides being a mobile phone, it also contained a calendar, address book, world clock, calculator, note pad, e-mail client, the ability to send and receive faxes, and games. It had no physical buttons, instead customers used a touchscreen to select telephone numbers with a finger or create faxes and memos with an optional stylus. Text was entered with a unique on-screen “predictive” keyboard. By today’s standards, the Simon would be a fairly low-end product, lacking a camera and the ability to download third-party applications. However, its feature set at the time was highly advanced.

        The Nokia Communicator line was the first of Nokia’s smartphones starting with the Nokia 9000, released in 1996. This distinctive palmtop computer style smartphone was the result of a collaborative effort of an early successful and costly personal digital assistant (PDA) by Hewlett-Packard combined with Nokia’s best-selling phone around that time, and early prototype models had the two devices fixed via a hinge. The Communicators are characterized by a clamshell design, with a feature phone display, keyboard and user interface on top of the phone, and a physical QWERTY keyboard, high-resolution display of at least 640×200 pixels and PDA user interface under the flip-top. The software was based on the GEOS V3.0 operating system, featuring email communication and text-based web browsing. In 1998, it was followed by Nokia 9110, and in 2000 by Nokia 9110i, with improved web browsing capability.

        In 1997 the term ‘smartphone’ was used for the first time when Ericsson unveiled the concept phone GS88,[6][7] the first device labelled as ‘smartphone’.[8]

        [edit] Symbian
        The Nokia 9210 Communicator (Symbian 2000 model smartphone)In 2000, the touchscreen Ericsson R380 Smartphone was released.[9] It was the first device to use an open operating system, the Symbian OS.[10] It was the first device marketed as a ‘smartphone’.[11] It combined the functions of a mobile phone and a personal digital assistant (PDA).[12] In December 1999 the magazine Popular Science appointed the Ericsson R380 Smartphone to one of the most important advances in science and technology.[13] It was a groundbreaking device since it was as small and light as a normal mobile phone.[14] In 2002 it was followed up by P800.


    NOTE* IBM and Bell South**************

  5. SIMON….like Simeneon ? Simone ? Like Malls ? Like Simon and Shuster ? Carly Simon ? Such a common name…..

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