We reported last week about the growing awareness of the Carrier IQ spyware service. The Washington Post reported today that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has turned down a request to release any documents they may have regarding the Carrier IQ, a stealth/rootkit software service that resides on 400+ million smart phones logging text messages and web requests. The request was filed by reporter Michael Moresy of Muckrock News under the Freedom of Information Act.
By denying the request, the FBI said it had information but could not disclose it because it is considered “law enforcement records.”
What does this mean? The Washington Post states that this means the FBI cannot disclose the records because perhaps of an ongoing investigation. I personally doubt this and in fact believe they’ve been using this very rootkit service in collaboration with carriers to track terrorists (et al) within the United States under auspices of the Patriot Act.
On a side note, this week I received a new Sprint Samsung Epic 4G with Eclair. The OTA Gingerbread 2.3 update commenced and thereafter I no longer see any reference to CarrierIQ, IQAgent, etc. Has Sprint removed this rootkit from the phone or has the software managed to hide all traces of itself completely? SPH-D700; My ROM build is GINGERBREAD.EI22, Kernel 220.127.116.11.