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Quick Guide: How to check if your smartphone is infected with Carrier IQ (requires root)

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Dec 2011 22:59 User comments (13)

Quick Guide: How to check if your smartphone is infected with Carrier IQ (requires root)

Quick Guide: How to check if your smartphone is infected with Carrier IQ

For the past few weeks, there has been much ado about Carrier IQ, the rootkit unknowingly pre-loaded in over 100 million smartphones around the world.

The company has been accused of being a rootkit/keylogger pre-installed Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Nokia devices around the world. The software quietly watches and logs all keystrokes entered into the device, including texts. It also monitors location, when you shut your phone off, and who you call.

For more back info on the scandal, check here: Smartphone keylogger/rootkit software company CarrierIQ receives letter from US Senator

That leads us to the quick guide on how to check whether your phone has Carrier IQ running on it.


What carriers, OEMs are known to have Carrier IQ installed?



So far, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Samsung, Motorola and HTC have all confirmed they use the rootkit on some devices, but no company has confirmed what models. Verizon has vehemently denied using it on any models. So have HP and Microsoft.


How to check with the Logging Test App v7



This guide requires root access to your device. Most devices are very easily rooted, but you do so at your own risk.

Scroll through the phones here at XDA to find out rooting instructions for your phone.

Download V7 of Trevor Eckhart's Logging Test App, from here.

Install the app, grant it SuperUser permissions.

Hit the "CIQ Checks" button and you will taken to a new screen. In 20 seconds or less, the app will scan for Carrier IQ and hopefully leave you a blank file list, meaning it is not installed.



As of writing, there is no failsafe way to remove the software, but HTC, for one, says they are looking to push a way to uninstall CIQ very soon.

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13 user comments

11.12.2011 23:44

My phone passed...but then I have a custom firmware on there...



21.12.2011 23:58

Wow Verizon! I'm extremely surprised to see that they weren't a part of this. But I'm just too damn lazy to check my phone anyways.

32.12.2011 0:48

Originally posted by Tazer247:
Wow Verizon! I'm extremely surprised to see that they weren't a part of this. But I'm just too damn lazy to check my phone anyways.
We will have to see the results; I have serious doubts that verizon wouldn't be involved.


42.12.2011 3:26

Originally posted by KillerBug:
My phone passed...but then I have a custom firmware on there...
I always use CM, so i guess i don't have to worry about this

62.12.2011 14:30

I have nothing to hide so I don't care.

72.12.2011 14:40

Originally posted by robertmro:
I have nothing to hide so I don't care.

This has nothing to do with whether or not anyone has something to hide. Why would you want someone knowing your every move on your phone? You shouldn't want that at all! Guess you wouldn't mind someone listening to your calls as well, since you have nothing to hide. C'mon! This is about yours and everyone's privacy and no one has the right to invade it without your permission expressly given or a court order granting authorities to do so!

82.12.2011 19:30

Seems my phone is infected with this idiotic program. I suppose I could join the lawsuit....

93.12.2011 7:35
Drrr
Unverified new user

Originally posted by robertmro:
I have nothing to hide so I don't care.

and ur a dumbass too

103.12.2011 7:57

And this, ladies and gents, is why rooting is VERY beneficial!

However my phone can't support, at least v7 of this software. So is my Desire Bravo too old to have had this on it?

Actually - I've got a custom Leedroid ROM anyway so I'm kl!

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 03 Dec 2011 @ 7:58

SmokeThis2006

113.12.2011 15:44

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by Tazer247:
Wow Verizon! I'm extremely surprised to see that they weren't a part of this. But I'm just too damn lazy to check my phone anyways.
We will have to see the results; I have serious doubts that verizon wouldn't be involved.
Agreed. Verizon is way too big of a company to not have any involvement with this. Hell, domination is what they are. If they have it most likely a fiirmware update will be applied to their phones, as they don't want to be sucked up in a class action lawsuit if found out that they have this program but continue denying they don't.

Chance prepares the favored mind. Look up once in a while and you might learn something. - BLUEBOY

125.12.2011 7:28

What did you think was going on when your data arrows were flashing.You've all been sending so called anonymous data back to every damn program you use even when you tell it you don't want to participate in these things they still log shit.
And im one that has verizon and my test came back with no results but you all gotta know every program you use saves or sends back some kinda info to there severs to better know how to improve there product.
It's not always malicious.


If its got tits tires or electronics its gonna give ya problems

135.12.2011 7:45

Originally posted by blueboy09:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by Tazer247:
Wow Verizon! I'm extremely surprised to see that they weren't a part of this. But I'm just too damn lazy to check my phone anyways.
We will have to see the results; I have serious doubts that verizon wouldn't be involved.
Agreed. Verizon is way too big of a company to not have any involvement with this. Hell, domination is what they are. If they have it most likely a fiirmware update will be applied to their phones, as they don't want to be sucked up in a class action lawsuit if found out that they have this program but continue denying they don't.
I know my dad's verizon phone just got an update...it didn't even give him the option to opt-out, and the 150MB (1200mb) of data was applied to his 2gb data plan. I don't know what they did exactly, but I do know they broke his USB tethering in the process.


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