Crushing Bugs: Snowden To Sever Secret Smartphone Radio Transmissions

Oh, Edward Snowden.  A hero to any modern man who doesn’t want every other modern man, woman, and robot peeking into his business, the young former NSA operator has sacrificed his safety (and effectively the rest of his life) in pursuit of reform of the sickening surveillance state.  Now, he’s created a new device that shows his mission has not subsided in the slightest…


How can you cut a cord you can't see?
Snowden knows.
(Image courtesy rt.com.)

According to wired.com, Snowden and hardware hack-master Andrew “Bunnie” Huang have invented a device that works inside of your iPhone to deduce if your own technology is ratting you out, for whatever reason.  The device specifically assesses whether iPhone radios are transmitting, which may be occurring regardless of your weakass “airplane mode” or not.


Snowden 2.0 is still a force to be reckoned with.
(Image courtesy dailymail.uk.co.)

The device would be available to the common man, but would be particularly useful for reporters or other carriers of sensitive information in times of strife.

“One good journalist in the right place at the right time can change history...This makes them a target, and increasingly tools of their trade are being used against them," Snowden extolled to the MIT Media Lab via video stream.


And forget about what happens when the facts hit the BAD journalists...
(Image courtesy pressthink.org.)

The idea for Snowden and Huang’s “introspection engine” appears to simply be an external battery case with a monocolor screen.  However, it would function as a mini-oscilloscope that would internally monitor the two iPhone radios that also connect to GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and cell modems.  An alarm or possibly even a kill switch for the phone would alert users to any trouble.

There's a difference between smartphones
and TOO-smart phones.
(Image courtesy engadget.com.)

While the idea is still in its formative stages, Snowden and Huang have released a paper detailing their intent.  The fight against insidious iPhone invasion is not over, and once again, a true champion of human rights is on the front lines.


The rest of us might not be able to leak sensitive documents or craft useful hardware to stymie prying eyes, but the least we can do is stay aware, and protected…


Let your rights slide, and surveillance never powers off.
(Image courtesy wired.com.)

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