Edward Snowden refuses to use an iPhone over security concerns and ‘special software’
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Edward Snowden refuses to use an iPhone over security concerns and ‘special software’

  • 2015-02-13 12:43:16
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News / Mobile phones Edward Snowden refuses to use an iPhone over security concerns and ‘special software’

A couple of years ago, details regarding several different government incursions into consumer devices, including the software on their devices, took over news wires.

In light of revelations revealing things like PRISM, or other government spying endeavors, Apple was one of the first companies to be named as an entity aiding the government in their widespread collection of data. While Apple not only denied knowing what PRISM was, and any “backdoor” services within its software for the government to access, the stories didn’t die down. Now, though, the table has certainly been flipped.

Ever since the launch of iOS 8, Apple has been named specifically by the government on several different occasions that their encrypted software is a risk to national security. It has ultimately culminated in the President of the United States having to step in and voice his own opinion on the subject, doing more than suggest that tech companies should create backdoors into their software for government entities to access when they need to.

Edward Snowden, the former contractor within the National Security Agency and leaker of sensitive documents outlining the massive data collection by the U.S. government, reportedly refuses to use an iPhone due to “special software” that can remotely activate the handset and then steal information from the handset afterwards. This comes from Snowden’s lawyer, as revealed in a recent interview and noted by Sputnik.

Edward never uses an IPhone, he’s got a simple phone… The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner, having to press a button and gather information about him, that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone,” Anatoly Kucherena told RIA Novosti.

What that actually means, right now, is unclear, considering the level of encryption that Apple has included within iOS 8. While the interview would seem to suggest that the U.S. government has cracked Apple’s software and found a way into it, through a forced backdoor. Either that, or it could mean something regarding the standard diagnostic tools that are present on the handset, as noted by AppleInsider.

Simply put, the conversation regarding security and the smartphones consumers use every day is not going to go anywhere any time soon.

[via AppleInsider; Sputnik]




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