NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is adamant about not coming within 10 feet of an iPhone because he claims Apple has installed some nasty secret spyware on their products.
Apple may be the world’s leader in smart phones, but NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is steering clear of the popular devices. He claims the extremely popular iPhone series has been equipped with hidden spyware that unobtrusively collects user information without anyone knowing it.
— Apple News (@applenws) September 18, 2014
Despite a horde of developers having dissected Apple’s iOS code for more than seven years now, trying to duplicate the company’s secret of success, no one has yet discovered the kind of spyware functionality Snowden is talking about.
However, the former CIA systems administrator, who leaked classified information on the National Security Agency in 2013, said that iPhones have the capability of activating a special kind of software that collects users’ sensitive data without their knowledge.
“Edward never uses an iPhone; he’s got a simple phone,” Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena told Russian news agency, Sputnik. “The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner having to press a button and gather information about him; that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone.”
This gives rise to the possibility that Snowden may know something that all iPhone users don’t, and he has piles of spy agency materials to prove his credibility. He recently published stolen NSA documents detailing evidence the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), a British intelligence and security agency, was using the UDID system installed in Apple iPhones to track its users.
Despite its denials, Apple was among the first companies accused over their participation in the NSA PRISM data mining operations after Snowden released the classified documents and went into hiding. The data mining extraction involved SMS messages, photos, videos, audio, emails, documents, and communication logs that serve to track an iPhone user’s movements over a period of time.
With this new Snowden revelation, will iPhone users suddenly have second thoughts about their devices?
Here’s Edward Snowden scaring the hell out of smart phone users everywhere:
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