Sunday, January 5, 2014

NSA Can Now Bug iPhones (yawn)

Reports have surfaced that the US National Security Agency can now turn iPhones into eavesdropping tools.

That’s the word from security expert Jacob Appelbaum, who told a hacker conference in Germany that the NSA can plant iPhone malware called Dropout Jeep, which gives American intelligence agents the ability to turn the gadget into a listening post using the iPhone camera and microphone. Also, it has a spyware function that can retrieve contact information, read through text messages and emails, and listen to voicemails. (more)

(Yawn.) Spyware for smartphones has been around for years. You can purchase it with a few keystrokes. 

Don't worry about the NSA. They could probably care less about you. Worry about your employer, disgruntled employee, or significant other. 

Then, if the question, "Is my cell phone bugged?" pops into your mind, buy a good book, or app, and find out what to do about it.