Perhaps overlooked given the larger snooperific NSA context of late, but engineer Ben Lincoln has penned a blog post claiming that he's found that his Motorola Droid X2 is hoovering up a significant amount of user data and sending it off to Motorola. According to Lincoln, the X2 (and perhaps other models) collects GPS data from photos, users names and passwords, e-mail addresses and other private data, then sends that data off to Motorola using an unencrypted channel. Lincoln says he's only tested this on the X2, but has provided tools on his website for users to test other phones in Motorola's lineup. The revelations appear to have been overshadowed by the latest marketing for Motorola's new upcoming Moto X smartphone.
If its that sloppy think about how those passwords may be stored on their databases. Maybe no MD5 with salt, maybe not even encrypted.
Maybe they're just making it easier for the boys at NSA? After all, the ARE a Google Company. -- "when the people have suffered many abuses under the control of a totalitarian leader, they not only have the right but the duty to overthrow that government." - The U.S. Declaration of Independence
The NSA jokes now are as funny as a Rick Roll. I think by now everyone has heard them so it's no longer necessary to beat that dead horse. -- I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.
Do you really think they did this unencrypted just to make things a little easier for the NSA? Seriously? -- I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.
Hopefully rooting and installing a custom ROM rids the phone of this garbage.
Wasn't the X2 from the really dark days of Motorola where they did all they could to stop you rooting and using custom ROMs - with signed bootloaders and kernels, etc, with no Motorola-provided unlocking tool?
Not sure on that one. I don't have the model listed in the article, but I did have a Photon. It was a process to get the bootloader unlocked and such, but those xda dudes really know their stuff. -- +++ATH0
Yes, but there were ways to load custom ROMs I believe. There was with the X, and I believe there was with the X2. Couldn't unlock the bootloader, but everything else was doable. At least with my X it was.
If I want to check my electric usage, I can look at the meter on my house. I can also look at the nameplate on any electrical device to figure out how much it's going to cost me to operate. And if I decide my air conditioner is using too much juice I can turn it off or even unplug it. Doesn't that seem like a fair way for the average person to control their costs?
Now compare that to a smartphone that is sending and receiving data willy-nilly to and from who-knows-where. What can I turn off? How do I "unplug" one thing without affecting another app that I use? How do I know how much any one app or function is using? How much data overhead is there when I use nothing at all?
It seems I have generally two choices: trust them or get a dumbphone. -- USNG: 16TDN2870 Find your USNG coordinates: USNGWeb
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Google isn't 100 percent kosher when it comes to consumer privacy. They're worse than the NSA in some aspects.
Considering the Google acquired Motorola Mobility, it wouldn't surprise me that they are being used to track customers.
At least they unloaded their CATV hardware division to Arris. I'm sure if Google did not spin off Motorola Connected home, they would put cameras in set-top boxes that could look in when we want privacy.
The CATV hardware portfolio includes Modems and I would not want Google putting spyware on my modem.
The only things I find Google useful for is search, maps, and YouTube. -- I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
I assume every keystroke, every word, and every thought is sucked up by, and digested by, the machine.
We've reached the point in our Republic where we have good reason to envy the people of Egypt, of all places. After all, they have the balls to take to the streets & demonstrate when their government is an abject failure. We all sit around and argue amongst ourselves about ancillary BS issues while the criminals in Washington (from all parties) stick it to us.
This country so needs a 3rd party or a group of independent people to seek office. They system, as it sits, is on the brink of falling apart. -- Petty people are disproportionally corrupted by petty power
It gets worse, Moto transmits UID / Passwords every 9 minute
over an unencrypted network. see the engineer who discovered this. I have to install a program that blocks rogue programs that likes to "phone home". I doubt that Motorola is the only company engaging in this.
I called Motorola tech support with an issue a few months ago regarding an issue with one of my Android phones I have with them. I gave the rep my IMEI, and without even asking my permission, he was able to access my phone. I knew that he was able to access it, as he listed a bunch of apps that I downloaded from the play store that had high CPU usage. I did not provide him with my cell number or which provider I was with.