De Ja Vue, 2005 all over again! Or, how soon we forget!
Sounds all too familiar, sounds like like the Sony-BMG rootkit affair of 2005!
This is where for the price of a legitimate legal purchase of an audio CD from Sony-BMG in 2005, your M$ Windoze XP computer was deliberately infected with a rootkit virus, without user intervention!
The story that emerged that year, was when F-Secure found the source and sent a legitimate inquiry to Sony Music New York HQ, to confirm or deny that the pressing plant was either infected with a virus, or it was a deliberate attempt to hijack end user computers! The reply they receive from Sony Music legal, was a DMC bugger-off take down threat on the lines of "Go public, we will sue you into the bankruptcy court!". The AV company F-Secure was forced to back off under pain of legal blackmail threats and told also not to tell no one outside the company at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One man wrote it up in his blog, exposing the evil rootkit for what it was, and the rest is now history, of how the outraged Internet blogosphere took down a then unassailable music giant and kicked them out of their ivory castle tower!
Sony by losing a class action US law suit, paid a few pennies in compensation to infected US users, ignored the rest of the world and allegedly withdrew the then unsold infected audio discs or so we were told!
So, whilst Carrier IQ, was fully aware of the abuse of it's software, the kept themselves in full denial of the evil and just took the money and went with the flow!
If, the so called Carrier IQ battery sucking/virus/rootkit/spyware, is as benign a research network tool as the company claims, why is there no 'off switch', user opt in/out clause, enduser EULA or removal tool provided since it went live from day one!