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Smartphone users can do “very little” to stop security services getting “total control” over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said.  The former intelligence contractor has said that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the power to hack into phones without their owners’ knowledge.  Mr Snowden said GCHQ could gain access to a handset by sending it an encrypted text message and use it for such things as taking pictures and listening in.

Source: BBC News

Date: October 3rd, 2015

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34444233

Discussion

1) This is a British article, so is focused on the British intelligence services taking control of smartphones, but the article also notes that the software in question was developed by the U.S. NSA (National Security Agency) for about $1 billion.   How do you feel about your government being able to “total control” of your smartphone, including switching it on, switching on the microphone, switching on the camera to take photos, and switching on and sending very accurate geo-location data?

2) Is there anything you can do to prevent against this sort of surveillance?  How would you advise your company’s executives to guard against this sort of surveillance?

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