New Delhi: Taking innovations to another level altogether, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is all set to introduce battery cases for iPhones that will be equipped with radio transmission monitoring tools.
According to Snowden, the smartphones may be sending transmissions about your whereabouts as the satellite and cellular communications can be easily intercepted by government authorities.
It is to put an end to these transmissions that Snowden and well-known Xbox hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang are developing a spy tool that could be fitted inside a iPhone battery case.
During Forbidden Research talk (video) at MIT’s Media Lab, Snowden and Huang, in a published technical paper, revealed details about their to-be-launched tool.
“The choice of model is driven primarily by what we understand to be the current preferences and tastes of reporters,” they said in their report.
“It has little to do with the relative security of any platform, as we assume any platform, be it iOS or Android, can and will be compromised by state-level adversaries,” the report added.
In their tool, an open-source and user-inspectable introspection engine is there to monitor radio transmissions and send an alert to the owner.
Users can check their phones in the field and confirm its security in real-time.
First hidden spy tool equipped battery cases will be rolled out for iPhone 6.