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O2 UK network security blunder exposes customers' phone numbers to websites

Update: O2 says that as of 1400 GMT today it has fixed, the problem, and that "technical changes" as part of "routine maintenance" were to blame for the issue, which affected customers from Jan. 10 until today. The network's full statement is available on its official blog. Original story: If you'...
Sprint Carrier IQ

HTC confirms it's pulling Carrier IQ from Sprint ROMs in future updates

When Sprint first told Android Central that it has ceased using the Carrier IQ analytics software on its Android smartphones, throwing a switch on the server side while leaving the app itself dormant, we kind of figured that would be that. Sure, future smartphones likely wouldn't have the maligned...
Zappos

Zappos' security breached, time to change your password

You may or may not be aware of the fact but if you're a Zappos customer, they've had rough few days. They're currently sending out an email (full verison is past the break) to all customers to provide information on the matter but the long and short of it all is they've had a security breach:...
Android Central

Hands-on with Cobra JoyRide and Tag apps

Youtube link for mobile viewing Vehicle security manufacturer Cobra brought along its Android fare to CES, and we took the JoyRide and Tag systems for a quick spin here at the Las Vegas Convention Center. JoyRide is a slick little car-dock app that pairs with a 12-volt charger. At its heart,...
Android Central

Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1 receive FIPS security certification

In the business sector, security has always been a concern but even more so now as businesses are allowing their employees to bring their own devices to work. Samsung who previously announced the Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as being SAFE compatible, now have the pleasure of...
Android Central

Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite now available on the Android Market

You see stories everywhere saying how insecure and malware ridden Android is, most of which are just sensationalism and FUD.  The fact is that Android is very much like Windows, where developers (and unsavory types) can write software that you install without it being poured over and approved. ...
Cobra Tag

Cobra bringing more Android-related accessories into vehicles at CES

Cobra Electronics, probably best known for its radar detectors and vehicle security systems, is bringing a couple new pieces of Android kit to CES next week in Las Vegas. First up is the Cobra Tag G5. It's an improvement on what you see above -- a "smart" key fob with companion app that connects...
SeekDroid

Android App Review: SeekDroid

Keeping your phone safe and sound is a pretty big deal to all of us, I'd say. We cover our thin, svelte devices in cases, slap screen protectors on them, and make sure they're always in a pocket, purse, or holster. In the odd event you've misplaced your phone, or even worse, it was stolen, it...
Sprint

Sprint says it's no longer collecting analytics via Carrier IQ

Sprint today told Android Central that it is no longer using Carrier IQ to collect diagnostic data from its devices. The statement comes in response to our asking Sprint about an anonymously sourced report on Geek.com under the headline "Sprint orders all OEM’s to strip Carrier IQ from their...
Sen. Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken gets answers from Carrier IQ, carriers -- 'still very troubled by what's going on'

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., didn't like what he'd heard about the whole Carrier IQ saga. And after receiving answers from the analytics company, he still doesn't like what he hears. On Thursday,  Franken, chairman of the Senate Subcommitte on Privacy, Technology and the Law, issued a statement...
AT&T

AT&T's use of Carrier IQ extends to its own analytics app, not just embedded on phone

AT&T's responses to questions posed by U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., over the use of Carrier IQ analytics software are probably the most interesting we've seen thus far.  AT&T has been using Carrier IQ only since March 2011, with the Motorola Bravo the first device to have it integrated....
Sprint

Sprint: 26 million devices with Carrier IQ, but we only ping a fraction at one time

Update: Sprint says it's no longer using Carrier IQ Sprint, in its reponse to U.S. Sen. Al Franken over its use of the Carrier IQ software, goes into great detail about how and why it needs and uses such analytic data, reiterating that "The Carrier IQ diagnostic tool can help Sprint engineers...
Carrier IQ

Carrier IQ gives a lengthy look into how it works

Carrier IQ, the company that everyone -- for right or wrong -- has come to hate of late has released a document explaining in plain English how it does what it does. "Understanding Carrier IQ Technology -- What Carrier IQ Does and Does Not Do" was released on Carrier IQ's website late Dec. 12 and...
BitDefender for Android

A Look at BitDefender Mobile Security

There's a new player in the Android security software game, and it's one many of us are already familiar with -- BitDefender.  They have released a mobile security suite that's full of functions like malware scanning, application auditing for privacy compromising features, and even some remote...
Carrier IQ

Required reading: Carrier IQ around the web

  Our mantra around here is that you should aways start and end your day with Android Central -- we're the center of the Android Universe, after all. But when we're not busy stroking our own egos, we're busy stroking other people's and reading everything we can get our hands on. And there's been...
Android Central

US Cellular tells its employees it doesn't use Carrier IQ

Chalk up another carrier in the "No" column when it comes to Carrier IQ, apparently. Regional carrier US Cellular, in an internal memo, USC says unequivocably, "None of our devices have this software/applications embedded." Here's the full skinny: Many of you may have received inquiries from...
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T-Mobile, Sprint, in internal documents, open up about their Carrier IQ use

In a pair of unreleased memos seen in the usual spy-shot fashion, Sprint and T-Mobile both have, at least internally, discussed the Carrier IQ saga with their employees.  The memos discuss the use of Carrier IQ as you'd expect -- as a metrics tool for improving network and device service, and both...
CIQ

More research shows exactly what Carrier IQ can, and cannot do

Android hacker and professional security consultant Dan Rosenberg (you may know him as djrbliss from the Internets) has completed his own study on Carrier IQ, and found some interesting results.  All those reports about logging keystrokes and spying on SMS messages look to have been blamed on the...
CarrierIQ

CarrierIQ -- a Q&A

A little light reading for a fine fall Sunday. What is CarrierIQ, what's all the fuss about, and what can be done? What is CarrierIQ? CarrierIQ is a company based in San Jose, Calif., that provides a tool (that's probably a gross understatement at this point, but that's really what it is) for...
Android security issues

Older phones running custom Android firmware from Moto, HTC, and Samsung have major security issues, say N.C. State researchers

Researchers at N.C. State University have performed a study of eight Android phones (HTC's Legend, EVO 4G, and Wildfire S; Motorola's Droid and Droid X; Samsung's Epic 4G; and the Nexus One and Nexus S from Google) and found more potentially disturbing information.  While the Nexus phones and OG...

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