Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Mobile rootkit update: video

One week ago Trevor Eckhart reported that HTC phones were loaded with secret software designed to monitor pretty much anything on a smartphone. The story of potential wholesale monitoring was disturbing and was made more so by the legal threats made against him at the time for disclosing the issue.

Eckhart has now released video footage showing how the software is hidden and, most interestingly, the level of logging that it provides. Essentially he monitors the monitor and discloses the information that it collects.

This information includes details (including the text of) SMS messages, the handset's location and even records of the specific handsets buttons that are pressed by the user - in real-time.