[cryptome] Re: [cryptome] How the NSA Could Bug Your Powered-Off iPhone, and How to Stop Them

  • From: "Joe Products" <Joe_Products@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:27:06 +0200 (CEST)

Btw. did you noticed that you cannot remove battery in the new phones? Phone
can play dead and pretty easily sucks battery.

Magic. Happening.

In your pocket.

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to Stop Them


How the NSA Could Bug Your Powered-Off iPhone, and How to Stop Them


Whilst we are talking about this and Snowden talked about it. He basically 
said that if this same organisation wanted to they could have your phone. Or
words to that effect. Not my words. I think the old advice was pull the 
battery and the sim card.

   * By Andy Greenberg(http://www.wired.com/author/andygreenberg/)  
   *  06.03.14  |  
   * 6:30 am  |  
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Just because you turned off your phone doesn’t mean the NSA isn’t using it 
to spy on you.
Edward Snowden’s latest revelation about the NSA’s snooping inspired an 
extra dose of shock and disbelief when he said the agency’s hackers can use 
a mobile phone as a bug even after it’s been turned off. The whistleblower 
made that eye-opening claim when Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News, holding
his iPhone aloft during last Wednesday’s interview
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-xxzOwr7I4), asked, “What can the NSA do 
with this device if they want to get into my life? Can anyone turn it on 
remotely if it’s off? Can they turn on apps?
“They can absolutely turn them on with the power turned off to the device,” 
Snowden replied.
Snowden didn’t offer any details on this seemingly magical feat. But a group
of particularly cunning iPhone hackers say it’s possible. They also say you 
can totally and completely turn off your iPhone so no one—not even the NSA—
can use it to spy on you.

Your Phone Is Playing Dead
Like any magic trick, the most plausible method of eavesdropping through a 
switched-off phone starts with an illusion. Security researchers posit that 
if an attacker has a chance to install malware before you shut down your 
phone, that software could make the phone look like it’s shutting down—
complete with a fake “slide to power off” screen. Instead of powering down, 
it enters a low-power mode that leaves its baseband chip—which controls 
communication with the carrier—on.
This “playing dead” state would allow the phone to receive commands, 
including one to activate its microphone, says Eric McDonald, a hardware 
engineer in Los Angeles. McDonald is also a member of the Evad3rs, a team of
iPhone hackers who created jailbreaks for the two previous iPhone operating 
systems. If the NSA used an exploit like those McDonald’s worked on to 
infect phone with malware that fakes a shutdown, “the screen would look 
black and nothing would happen if you pressed buttons,” he says. “But it’s 
conceivable that the baseband is still on, or turns on periodically. And it 
would be very difficult to know whether the phone has been compromised.” 


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