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Big Brother NSA is spying on you thru your IPhone and computers

Posted in Big Brother, biometrics, NSA, Spying with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2013 by saynsumthn

Almost no communication shared by users of Apple’s iPhone is sacred or hidden from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), thanks to a spyware program called DROPOUTJEEP that allows the agency to intercept SMS messages, access contacts, locate, and even activate the device’s camera and microphone.

Leaked documents made public by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and Der Spiegel, a German news magazine, report that iOS devices implanted with DROPOUTJEEP have been successfully breached in 100 percent of the cases, according to a report in The Daily Dot.

“DROPOUTJEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device, SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control, and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection. All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted,” noted the report.

The National Security Agency (NSA) has apparently able to hack the iPhone since 2008, according to a Der Spiegel interactive report that looks at the NSA’s various tools used for spying purposes. One particularly interesting tool, codenamed “DROPOUTJEEP,” is an implant that was first used to compromise the first-generation iPhone and was able to send various data stored on the phone to the agency, including text messages, address book contacts, geolocation and voicemail. Furthermore, the software could activate the microphone of the iPhone, turn on the camera and take pictures and retrieve cell tower location.

The leaked materials show that the NSA had various other mobile-related spying “products” that worked with other smart devices:

GOPHERSET – an implant for GSM SIM cards to pull phone book, SMS and log files for incoming and outgoing calls
MONKEYCALENDAR – attack software that forces a SIM card to transmit geolocation data via covert SMS messages
TOTECHASER – an implant hidden in a satellite phone running Windows CE that transmits data via hidden SMS messages
TOTEGHOSTLY – an implant that enables full remote control on Windows Mobile phones offering data download and upload capabilities
PICASSO – modified GSM handsets that collect user data, audio data while also tracking the location of the handset

NSA Interception: Spy malware installed on laptops bought online

Big (Brother) Principal is watching you !

Posted in Big Brother with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by saynsumthn

FBI Looking into Claims of Webcam Spying at Pennsylvania School

Monday, 22 Feb 2010

By Laura Ingle

(Fox News) – The FBI has opened an investigation into whether any federal wiretap or computer intrusion laws were violated when a Pennsylvania school allegedly remotely activated the webcam on a school-issued laptop computer belonging to a 15-year-old student, Fox News reported Monday.

FBI Looking into Claims of Webcam Spying at Pennsylvania School

Last week, a federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against the Lower Merion School District, its board of directors and the superintendent for allegedly violating the privacy of the Harriton High School student.

In November, Blake Robbins was called to the vice principal’s office to discuss what she called his “improper behavior” at home. Vice Principal Lindy Matsko allegedly cited as evidence a photograph taken with the computer’s webcam that had been activated in Robbins’ bedroom. Robbins said Matsko claimed the photograph showed him selling drugs, but the student says he was just holding his favorite candy, “Mike And Ikes.”

All Lower Merion School District students and their parents were required to sign waivers detailing rules for taking home the laptops. However, the paperwork did not include a disclosure saying the school district had the ability to remotely activate the laptops’ webcams.

School district officials say the only time they ever turn on the webcams is when one of the school-issued laptops have been reported lost, stolen or missing. The officials concede that the wording in the laptop policy was not sufficient but insist that they never spied on students. Lower Merion officials say they turned on the cameras 42 times in the past 14 months, which helped them recover 28 missing laptops.

The Lower Merion School District issued a statement Friday to parents and students, saying the webcams have been deactivated while a thorough review of the case moves forward.