Uh oh Motorola

In June of 2013, I made an interesting discovery about the Android phone (a Motorola Droid X2) which I was using at the time: it was silently sending a considerable amount of sensitive information to Motorola, and to compound the problem, a great deal of it was over an unencrypted HTTP channel.

Scroll down and take a look at the information Motorola is gathering about its users.

[Via Ben Brooks]



  • Moeskido

    Charming.

  • http://alexandersmith.co/ Benjamin Alexander

    Motorola, a Google Company.

  • Colin Mattson

    On the one hand, it sounds like he set up Motorola’s backup service and forgot about it.

    On the other hand, damn that’s one disaster of a backup service. Cleartext? Really?

    • mdelvecchio

      i cant think of any reason for a backup service to transmit my logins & passwords over the wire, nor my Facebook friends email addresses, my call and text stats, etc…

      its not a backup service. its snooping.

      • Colin Mattson

        Motorola’s backup service aims to accomplish the same thing as iCloud backup does on an iPhone: If you lose/destroy your phone, you swap it out for a new as if nothing happened.

        Motorola just doesn’t have the common sense not to do everything the stupidest way possible. Where Apple doesn’t even let the Keychain leave your device (the sole exception being an encrypted, passkey-protected backup to your own computer), Motorola goes for the “better user experience” (ahem) and, er, apparently helpfully files away all your logins. Across the wire. In cleartext.

  • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

    Es no bueno.

  • Christopher Levin

    Anyone betting that this won’t even get close to the same publicity as locationgate, which sent anonymous cell tower logs to Apple.