HTC settles with FTC over leaving Carrier IQ and other logging tools open to hackers

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HTC has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over security problems that left its phones open to hijacking or stolen personal data. Like many other devices, HTC phones and tablets come with software that tracks device logs or user location — in its case, both an Android tool called HTC Logger and the controversial Carrier IQ. But the FTC says that the company failed to implement strong security. “Because HTC used an insecure communications mechanism, any third-party application on the user’s device that could connect to the internet could exploit this vulnerability” to take device logs from either HTC Logger or a custom overlay for Carrier IQ.

On Android, the FTC says hackers could both find personal information…

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