Carrier IQ Withdraws Legal Threat Against Security Researcher
Network diagnostic software vendor issues apology to researcher who discovered its application secretly monitoring smartphone users.
By Mathew J. Schwartz InformationWeek
November 29, 2011 02:07 PM
After security researcher Trevor Eckhart branded a tool from smartphone monitoring vendor Carrier IQ as a "rootkit," the company fired off a cease-and-desist letter threatening to sue him for copyright and reputational damages unless he retracted his "false allegations" and apologized. Now, however, it is Carrier IQ that has issued an apology and withdrawn its legal threat.
On November 23, Carrier IQ released a statement saying that it had retracted the cease and desist letter it sent to Eckhart one week earlier, which included a threat of $150,000 in damages for copyright violations after he published Carrier IQ training manuals. "Our action was misguided and we are deeply sorry for any concern or trouble that our letter may have caused Mr. Eckhart," it said.