NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden designs anti-spying phone case

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden designs anti-spying phone case

(WWBT) - In an age where the conversation about government surveillance and privacy while using smart devices continues to grow louder, well-known National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden shared that he was working on a device to protect people from such surveillance.

In a report from International Business Times, the device, named the "introspection engine," would be a plastic case that would slide over the body of an Apple iPhone 6, and that case would "monitor the phone's internal antennas to detect incoming and outgoing signals from the cellular, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or GPS chips," and alert users to any unusual activity.

IBT reported that Snowden developed the device along side prominent hacker Andrew "Bunnie" Huang, who has a history of hacking and reverse engineering consumer products.

According to IBT, the unit would feature a small screen that would flash information when it detects a transmission that is unusual. Snowden and Huang add that their device would be a more effective way of preventing unauthorized signals, as opposed to using the phone's "airplane mode," which they report can be hacked or compromised.

Currently, iPhones still transmit GPS signals when it's in "airplane mode."

"Trusting a phone that has been hacked to go into airplane mode is like trusting a drunk person to judge if they are sober enough to drive," the pair said in a report.

CNN reports Snowden and Huang presented their findings at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab late last week.

Those hoping to get their hands on the case will be disappointed, as the case is part of a small, experimental effort, with the duo saying that "The project is largely run through volunteer efforts on a shoestring budget."

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