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Researchers Find and Decode Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones

     
10:28 pm on Jun 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the tool to surreptitiously record and steal data from mobile phones.

The modules, made by the Italian company Hacking Team, were uncovered by researchers working independently of each other at Kaspersky Lab in Russia and the Citizen Lab at the University of Torontoís Munk School of Global Affairs in Canada, who say the findings provide great insight into the trade craft behind Hacking Teamís tools.

The new components target Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry users and are part of Hacking Teamís larger suite of tools used for targeting desktop computers and laptops. But the iOS and Android modules provide cops and spooks with a robust menu of features to give them complete dominion over targeted phones.

[wired.com...]
Long article, lots of screen shots.

Any wonder why I don't have a cell phone? :)
5:42 pm on June 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Any wonder why I don't have a cell phone?
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8:13 pm on June 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Against the rules in the US now, a groundbreaking unanimous Supreme Court decision says cellphones are off limits.
Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones -
Supreme Court Says Phones Canít Be Searched Without a Warrant
[nytimes.com...]

It does clarify and strengthen privacy rights regarding smart phones. Of course I don't see that this affects government hacking or keylogging, I mean that's not searching, right?
3:49 am on June 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Don't get me started! (I'm not a conspiracy nut, but I am keen on privacy and law and order).

US has Stingray (see US Marshall's Office (federal agency) which loans out this equipment with a proviso the local law enforcement does not mention it in warrant requests.

I'm not even sure I like GPS in a vehicle... if you think about it!