Phones and Apps : NSA developed software for backdoor access to iPhones

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    The U.S. National Security Agency was developing in 2008 a software implant for Apple iPhones that allowed the agency to take almost total control of the device, including retrieving text messages and voicemail and remotely turning on its microphone and camera, according to a report by the German magazine Der Spiegel.

    The implant, code-named DROPOUTJEEP, was “in development” and initially intended for “close access” installation on a phone, with remote installation being planned for a future release, according to an alleged NSA document with the date October 1, 2008, that Der Spiegel included in a graphic with its recent NSA report.

    DROPOUTJEEP’s other capabilities included remotely pushing and pulling files from an iPhone, retrieving the phone’s contact list and identifying the device’s location and the location of the nearest cell tower, the document said. The implant could do all this without the phone user’s knowledge, over SMS (Short Message Service) or a GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) data connection. All the software implant’s communications would be “covert and encrypted,” the document said.

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2083...backdoor-access-to-iphones.html#tk.nl_pcwbest

    Report: NSA developed software for backdoor access to iPhones

    The software, developed in 2008, would let the agency locate phones and remotely turn on cameras and mics.
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    "Paranoia strikes deep..."

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    :hide: it ain't paranoia when they actually doin the stuff…...
     
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    I'm writing/talking/etc. about them, not us!

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    A belated Happy New Year to you, too!

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    Since "Big Brother" has been overused.... privacy is a thing of the past. Identification (DNA) and tracking of the individual, each and every citizen, is the (achievable) goal of the government.
     
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    All empires rise and (then) fall: I. e., old arrangement got weakened by Hitler and Axis led challengers, the Cold War wore out both sides; those 9/11/01 attacks ushered in more than just a new century...White folks can't and won't so easily dictate anything to anybody, to what is also a bigger world wide population of colored folk, less well off or otherwise....

    'Resistance is futile'?

    Sez who?!?

    Stay tuned....

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    The spy agencies as a 'defense of our liberties' (our way of life etc.)....

    Nobody asked me to cast a ballot about that too!

    Ahem...

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    Fedware isn't really new, but it's been great that Snowden has leaked this information about proprietary technology and platforms. Those FSF/FS/OS folks are starting to look more and more reasonable each day.
     
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