A new app is available in the Android Market that allows users to detect if the controversial Carrier IQ mobile network diagnostic tool is present on their smartphones.
While the app, dubbed Bitdefender Carrier IQ Finder, can’t do anything once the software’s presence is determined, smartphone owners will at least know if the spyware is running on their device. Unfortunately, the app is only limited to Android devices, with no version currently available for the iPhone or BlackBerry.
More about Carrier IQ
Carrier IQ, a hidden app found on numerous smartphones, was discovered last week by security researcher Trevor Eckhart. The program logs various details about users’ activities, being pre-installed in phones either by wireless carriers or by device makers.
While the spyware logs every text message, Google search and phone number typed on smartphones and then reports them to the mobile carrier, companies involved in the allegations, like T-Mobile, have recently come out to defend their actions.
The nation’s fourth largest mobile carrier assured customers yesterday that it does not use the Carrier IQ software to “obtain content of text, email or voice messages, or the specific destinations of customers’ internet activity.” Instead, T-Mobile promised it uses the program to note battery performance, dropped calls and failed applications.
Verizon Wireless was one of the first to come forward after the discovery, guaranteeing customers that it does not use Carrier IQ, or any similar software, in its phones. Currently, AT&T and Sprint have yet to address the finding, with neither company confirming the presence of Carrier IQ in its devices nor what they use the software for.
The spyware is currently estimated to be featured on about 150 million smartphones, to see if the program is running on your Android-based device, download Bitdefender Carrier IQ Finder now.