Most consumers don't care until they get their first $1,000 phone bill
because their pirated Angry Birds has been calling Estonia all month.
-- Chester Wisniewski
If you read an analyst report about 'viruses' infecting ios, android or rim, you now know that analyst firm is not honest and is staffed with charlatans. There is probably an exception, but extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence.
If you read a report from a vendor that [tries] to sell you something based on protecting android, rim or ios from viruses they are also likely as not to be scammers and charlatans.
-- Chris DiBona
CarrierIQ as seen in real world usage (HTC Devices especially) is nothing
like the stock copies shown on the first page. All menus have been
stripped, hiding it from users presence without advanced knowledge. The
service also runs as user Root in ramdisk. It checks in to a server (or
receives commands through other various access) with commands to allow
someone undetected access.
reports on a rootkit installed in many mobile phones by the carriers
Happily, [Trevor] Eckhart was not cowed by this ham-fisted effort to
suppress his findings. Instead, he reached out to EFF. We're glad he did.
As we explained in a letter
(pdf) to Carrier IQ today, Eckhart's research is protected by fair use and the First Amendment right to free expression. He posted the training materials to teach the public about software that many consumers don't know about, even though it monitors their everyday activities and raises substantial privacy concerns.
(EFF) steps in to help defend against a Carrier IQ
So on the exact same day, Adobe said "we recommend you upgrade, as the version you are using is vulnerable" and "we offer you no way to upgrade".
I'm left with the conclusion that Adobe's aggregate corporate message is "users of desktops based on free software should immediately uninstall AIR and stop using it".
If Adobe's software was free, and they had a community around it, they could turn over support to the community if they found it too burdensome. Instead, once again, users of proprietary tools on free systems get screwed by the proprietary vendor.
-- Daniel Kahn Gillmor
(Thanks to Paul Wise.)
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