EDIT: After some dexing and jaxing, the apps seem to be at least posting the IMEI and IMSI codes to which seems to be located in Fremont, CA.
I asked our resident hacker to take a look at the code himself, and he's verified it does indeed root the user's device via rageagainstthecage or exploid.
Most of the recent stories about big data collection and breaches have a central theme: the little guy matters and can do something.
Whether that individual is a Facebook user who refuses to give the site her real name, an NSA whistleblower who tells the world when it’s being watched, or a person using a tool to block companies from tracking him online, each person has the power to move privacy forward or diminish it.
You should be concerned about the lack of privacy today, but not pessimistic.
You already have tools and services that give you a say in the matter, and the best is yet to come.
But that's just the tip of the iceberg: it does more than just yank IMEI and IMSI.
There's another APK hidden inside the code, and it steals nearly everything it can: product ID, model, partner (provider? But that's all child's play; the true pièce de résistance is that it has the ability to download more code.Here are some of our favorite tools that you can try: Internet Service Provider (ISP): Sonic Wireless provider: Cricket Encrypt an email account you already have: Thunderbird with Enigmail; Mac Mail with GPGTools; Outlook with GPG4Win Private email clients: Unspyable, Countermail, or Shazzle Search engines: Ixquick and Duck Duck Go Mobile calls: Red Phone, Silent Circle Android proxy: Orbot i OS proxy: Foxy Proxy (configure it as a proxy, not a VPN) Mobile photos: Obscura Cam Text messaging: Text Secure Online tracker blocking: our very own DNTMe Web-based chatting: Adium with OTR, Cryptocat Mobile chatting: Chat Secure (i OS)Virtual private networks (VPNs): i VPN, Private Wifi Hard drive encryption: True Crypt Web browser: Tor Browser (and Mozilla’s Firefox is the best major browser on privacy) Mobile browser: Onion Browser (i OS), Orweb (Android) There’s an emerging consumer privacy movement built around the premise of giving regular web users (regardless of tech-savvy) the power to limit the personal info collected about them, so expect the usability and availability of privacy tools to skyrocket soon.For example, if you’re a user of our stuff, then you probably know that we have a tool in the works that will help mask your contact information.You might not care about all three, but you’ll probably care about one: 1. Look at the Living Social breach as an example: 50 million people’s names, emails, birthdates, and encrypted passwords gone in one hack. The company misuses it in a way you didn’t expect or intend, that violates your privacy, or that makes you uncomfortable. Privacy laws certainly need an overhaul, but regulation isn’t an immediate solution for the everyday Internet user.Facebook is a champion of this kind of misuse by constantly changing its privacy policies and eroding default protections. For more in-depth guides, we recommend the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Surveillance Self Defense site and That’s the big question in the wake of the NSA surveillance news that’s shaken the nation. There’s no way to block NSA surveillance completely. It’s important to remember that almost all surveillance starts with private companies.