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Snowden Backs An iPhone Case That Tracks Wireless Prying

Now Know Whenever Someone Tries to Track Your Device

Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who copied and leaked classified information from the NSA in 2013 without any authorization, joined forces with hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang to introduce a case-like add-on device that inspects electric signals sent to iPhone’s internals antennas at MIT Media Lab on Thursday.

What about the device?

The add-on device appears more like an external battery case with a tiny monochrome screen and is known as an “introspection engine”. The device’s probe wires are to be attached to test points of the iPhone’s circuit board, which are manageable through the SIM card slot. The phone has two antennas that offer electric signals and used for GPS as well as Bluetooth.

How will the device work?

The radio’s electric signals are read by probe wires and as a result, the modified phone cautions us when all these signals are transmitting information and when they are expected to be off. We’ll either receive alert messages or an audible alarm. The motive behind this is to allow reporters to carry their phones into hostile foreign countries without disclosing their locations to government-funded agencies, although they would be still able to record video and audio even if the phone’s radio signals are off.

Right now, the device is just a design. Snowden and Huang are eager to build a prototype over the next year, and will be able to offer these modified phones to journalists.

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Takeaways:-

  • Edward Snowden joins hands with hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang to introduce “introspection device” that will inspect electric signals sent to iPhone’s internals antennas at MIT Media Lab on Thursday.
  • The add-on device appears more like an external battery case with a tiny monochrome screen.
  • The modified phone cautions us by sending alert messages or an audible alarm, and it can even switch off phone automatically.
  • The device is just a design. Snowden and Huang are eager to build a prototype over the next year.

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