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NSA has complete control of your iPhone, can activate your microphone and camera without you knowing

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posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 01:33 PM
Make sure you buy a phone that you can remove the battery.
Then you can remove it when you want privacy.


posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 01:43 PM
Everyday there's some new revelation about what the NSA can and has been doing.
Most of us sensed it long ago even if we didn't articulate it.
No need to wonder anymore.
There is war being waged against us by those inside the circles (circus?) of government power.
Hand in hand with corporations the land of free becomes a dystopian homeland that would make East Germany blush.

Take that you commie bastards!

We'll show you how freedom really works!

I want my taxes back AND an apology.

(post by introspectionist removed for a serious terms and conditions violation)

posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 02:22 PM
Meh, a while back I posted either here or on Fark that I'd seen a demo of this thing's predecessor, fit in a briefcase and the guy read all the contact info, emails and notes out of every iphone in the place.

I was told how wrong I was because iphones run ios, which was unhackable. Yeah, about that, back then they had a SMS backdoor and another in the Bluetooth stack. Many other phones do as well.

I assume it's got more features by now.

posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 02:44 PM
reply to post by TwoTonTommy

I'll repeat something that rarely do I find on these topics:

We let this business get a iron-clad foothold into our lives when we did little or nothing when we first discovered that business' were infecting our computers and invading our privacy with their "harmless cookies."

By all American standards of old, this is a basic, illegal activity. Period! But we sheeple let them do it to us. Some of us minorly complained at the time, but not enough joined the chorus and it mushroomed into what we have today.

And today, the government has increased its power that we cannot stop whatever they desire to do to in terms of surveillance. Unfortunately, that "do as they wish" ability does not stop there. Big Brother is here in ways unimaginable two decades ago. They are overhead, in your vehicle, on the street, in all manners of buildings and in every communication device you will ever own. It is conditioned control to the highest degree without us being much the wiser.

posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 06:33 PM
reply to post by Bedlam

Of course. That's exactly what jailbreaking does. It finds an exploit (or multiple) in the iPhone's code, injects its own installation packages and code to re-assign administrator privileges to all corners of the device.

But now it's not just police or NSA. People now do it to their own phones.. granted then, if you know what you're doing, you can close any other open exploits in the software and make the phone much more secure.

posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 06:42 PM
reply to post by TwoTonTommy

Isnt it time citizens launch united front and take the NSA to court. In other words sue them for deliberately adding Malware on phones for the expressive purpose of spying and wanton damage to the users property?

They sound no better or ethical or different than hackers who inject Malware into peoples computers.
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posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 07:15 PM
it's all true and people just don't care? That's the scary part.

posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 07:21 PM

peacenotgreed can close any other open exploits in the software and make the phone much more secure.


There's something I sort of debated discussing on here but decided against. (snip)

eta: nope, decided not to even say that.
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posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 07:27 PM
reply to post by MystikMushroom

Yep, I had an app back in 2003 that would allow me to do this on Symbian devices from Nokia and Sony Ericsson. But that's not the point, the point now is the fact that it comes "standard" on iPhones. (And I'm surmising they also have it on Android phones.)

This is why I went back to my old Symbian phone(s). I know these things inside and out. I quit using my old iPhone 3GS when I broke the screen, went over to Android and installed a custom rom. (Voids the warranty, but I trust a custom rom much more than stock rom so it's worth it in my opinion.)

Quit using my Android phone as my distaste for Google grew. What's next? TV's that come with this built in tech? (Probably already does.) Soon, no matter where you are you'll never be alone...

posted on Jan, 1 2014 @ 05:40 AM
Actually this has been a possibility for a long time.

It used to be that you had to install an app on the phone first to allow access, but with remotely triggered installs and remote authentication methods this is now available to any good hacker or CIA types.

posted on Jan, 1 2014 @ 06:24 AM
Using open source or down to earth is much better if you are paranoid.

NSA Terminal: Connect to NullVoid[ENTER]
NSA Terminal: Unable, operating system not supported - DOS 3.1

Ever wonder why Windows 8 took 10GB just to display some stupid single colour boxes ?
Yea, thats right.

posted on Jan, 1 2014 @ 07:53 AM

Scroll down to MallenHall's post and click the link to watch the video ....... its quite shocking what these guys can do!!

Alternatively, the link direct is here
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posted on Jan, 1 2014 @ 09:45 AM
reply to post by MystikMushroom

Yes, it has but it is also against the law. In fact, the companies who sell this software will refuse to sell it to you if any information is indicated that you will be using it to spy on ANYONE because they can be held liable for it. Some of these companies will specifically ask you what you are doing with it. There is usually a short list of acceptable answers to guarantee you a sale. At least, with legitimate companies who are not underground or black market.

This kind of surveillance *should* be considered illegal, even by the government. However, if enough people don't turn the tide of public opinion and press government to say it is unacceptable then intrusion into your life will only get worse. Also be aware that EVERY modernized government has this capability.... Not just the NSA.

posted on Jan, 1 2014 @ 05:19 PM
"They're" scared/paranoid because they know everyone's talking about them. Although I'm highly against such acts of invasion of privacy, still, it will not do them any good. The Xbox1 has the same capabilities-At first, Microsoft said that it had to always be on and connected to the internet. After all the complaints that they got flooded with, Microsoft then changed their decision. Yeah right, I bet they can still watch you through the Kinect eye any time they want. It's a messed-up world we live in. I think Orson Wells saw it coming.

posted on Jan, 1 2014 @ 06:41 PM
reply to post by TwoTonTommy

I remember a day where I got excited about rumors of an open source phone coming to market. Will it ever happen? We could protect our own phones and get suspect files n coding off. Paying upwards of 500 for iPhones and 800 for large iPhones (iPads) we should demand open source.

posted on Jan, 1 2014 @ 07:19 PM
Personally, I use an iPod touch as a smart device. I have wifi at home and work, and I don't need 24/7 internet. There are wifi hotspots everywhere, too. I'm sure it's got exploits too, but at least it's not as accessible as a smartphone, and has almost all the features of an iPhone. Kind of a compromise, I guess.

posted on Jan, 1 2014 @ 07:37 PM

reply to post by TwoTonTommy

I've have considered this with most phones these days. My phone has done some weird things in the past and I have a windows phone.

My question is, how can they monitor all the phones they want when there are prolly 300 million+ phones in the U.S alone?


I actually posted what they do in another thread. Long story short, the NSA collects all metadata from calls while the phone providers are required to keep a record conversations. Certain call patterns are searched for and if a call matches that pattern in terms of length, conversation parties, location of one party, and a few other things, they get a court order to obtain the recording of that call. At that point it's listened to by humans. The number of calls they listen to is pretty low relative to the number of calls made. My quick estimation came to 900 calls/day out of 2 billion total, which an agency with 30,000 employees has the resources to do (3% of the staff would listen to 1 call/day to put it in perspective).

Here's a bit more detail on it:

Written communications like text messages, email, and so on use a similar system but it uses less sophisticated technology.

posted on Jan, 1 2014 @ 07:42 PM
Rand Paul told some acquaintances of mine some time ago that you could be spied on through your smart phone even if it were turned off.

Chalk another one up, I guess.

posted on Jan, 1 2014 @ 07:47 PM

There is indeed plenty of reason to fear what is happening, but there is always a way around it. For instance, look at these terrorist organizations. With all of our listening technologies, spyware, satellites, and attack drones, these terror cells still manage to stay under the radar and pass messages. This is a world that we will all live and die in so we'd better start getting used to it. There's nothing to be done at this point. Even if governments fell, the technology would still be out there for use by some other rising faction.

The reason for this is that nothing we've done has actually made us safer. Remember the phrase "What did we know, and when did we know it?" what came out of that was essentially that our intelligence service was too big, we had several competing agencies all collecting data but no one was willing to act on it because the signal to noise ratio was so poor that we couldn't tell of it was legitimate. Over a decade later and untold billions of dollars spent we've drastically increased surveillance and it brought us no security. In the one act of domestic terrorism since 9/11 we had no clue what was going on.

That is absolute proof that our intelligence agencies aren't actually making us safer, yet allowing them to do what they're doing does make us a lot less free.

Rand Paul told some acquaintances of mine some time ago that you could be spied on through your smart phone even if it were turned off.

Chalk another one up, I guess.

This is pretty old information actually. If the device has power going to it, it can be remotely accessed and used. This applies to webcams and mics in laptops as well as cell phones, tablets, and any other fancy networked device. This is one reason I consider the design of IPhones to be critically flawed. There's no way for the end user to easily remove the battery.
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