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Snowden Works toward iPhone That Tells If NSA is Listening

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Snowden's iPhone

Credit: Andrew Huang/Edward Snowden

by Paul Szoldra, Business Insider

Edward Snowden wants you to know at all times whether the NSA is keeping tabs on your iPhone.

Along with Andrew Huang, his coauthor and fellow hacker, Snowden presented his research on phone “hardware introspection” at MIT, which aims to give users the ability to see whether their phone is sending out secret signals to an intelligence agency.

“This work aims to give journalists the tools to know when their smart phones are tracking or disclosing their location when the devices are supposed to be in airplane mode,” the pair wrote in their technical paper.

Snowden, an ex-NSA contractor living in exile in Moscow, and Huang, a prominent hacker who has reverse-engineered the Xbox and other hardware, believe that their solution can protect journalists and activists from being betrayed by their smartphones.

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