x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here.
  • Home
  • News
  • Italian company finds a way to monitor and tamper with any smartphone

Italian company finds a way to monitor and tamper with any smartphone

Posted: , by Peter K.

Tags:

Italian company finds a way to monitor and tamper with any smartphone
An Italian ethical-hacking company, called Hacking Team, has developed a software system that is touted as being fully capable of monitoring any smartphone. Called Remote Control System, the software tool bypasses the encryption of the major mobile platforms and allows data to be collected remotely. The system is intended for “governmental interception” only and works with any iOS, Android, Windows Phone, or even BlackBerry device. Targets won't notice that their device has been infected or tampered with, because the Remote Control System agent is invisible to the user. The hacking suite won't influence the battery life or the overall performance of the infected smartphone. Remote Control System can be installed either remotely or locally. Hacking Team says that its software enables you to monitor all activities that are being performed on the hacked device and intercept all data that comes in and out of it, too. The collected information is then transmitted to a secure RCS server. The data is encrypted and cannot be traced back.

Hacking Team admitted that it succeeded in hacking the Windows Phone platform thanks to a security flaw in the OS. The vulnerability allows any third-party app or code to bypass security and run as trusted ones.

"Since we founded the Hacking Team, we have understood the power of our software in law enforcement and intelligence investigations. We also understand the potential for abuse of the surveillance technologies that we produce, and so we take a number of precautions to limit the potential for that abuse. We provide our software only to governments or government agencies.  We do not sell products to individuals or private businesses. We do not sell products to governments or to countries blacklisted by the U.S., E.U., U.N., NATO or ASEAN." - Hacking Team's customer policy.



source: Hacking Team, WikiLeaks via WMPoweruser

14 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 21 Jan 2014, 09:59 1

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And now for the latest edition of spy vs. spy. Who watches the watchers?

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:32 1

3. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Now your choice of OS has almost no bearing on the security of your device content. Best to use a device under the assumption that everything you do is going to be public knowledge no matter what. Just don't do anything that you wouldn't want anyone to know about, and you might be okay. I have been operating under this assumption for some time and I'm doing alright - granted AT&T finally figured out last year that I was running an unlocked Nokia E75 on their network without a data plan, and I got my wrist slapped for that one. Even before this new hacking tool came out, I knew that the government and the carriers had ways of figuring out anything that you are doing on or with your device.

I'm not even gonna ask who watches the watchers. I don't think anyone can see what the watchers are really doing... there is insufficient transparency.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:13 2

2. ThePolak (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


So this is how Mr. Finch does it on "Person of Interest"! One mystery less.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:42 2

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


They don't sell to countries that are blacklisted??? So all the other countries are open for buying our info? ( that's what I'm taking away from this quote anyway).

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 14:13 3

12. ePoch270 (Posts: 112; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


I'm sure White listed countries would NEVER sell to a blacklisted country.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:43 1

5. tasior (Posts: 256; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


That sucks...
Welcome to Orwell's Year 1984, everybody...

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 11:46 1

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


If anything, I think this software should only be sold to platform owners (BlackBerry, ms, Google, apple etc) so they can build their platforms in a way that better prevents our info from being hacked.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 13:19 2

10. quakan (Posts: 1223; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Hacking will always be a problem. Software is designed to have back doors so that the creator or government agencies can have access at any time. The trick that software creators have been trying to do for years is to create virtual back doors and locks that they can use but that are unable to be used by anyone else. Every code can be cracked, but some just take more time than others.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 11:49 1

7. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Looks like nobody is safe... It's just a question of who is safer, or the safest..
But, no OS is perfect......

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:20 1

8. AfterShock (Posts: 2970; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Disgusting to humanity.
We're all suspect to some group.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:35 3

9. Apoorvtheman (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


It seems dumbphones of Nokia are the most secured phones

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 13:26 2

11. wilsong17 (Posts: 1092; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


where are the ifans defending the iphone

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 14:45 1

13. mattkl (Posts: 180; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


"We also understand the potential for abuse of the surveillance technologies that we produce, and so we take a number of precautions to limit the potential for that abuse. We provide our software only to governments or government agencies."

Ohhh okay, now I feel safe.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 20:30 1

14. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 158; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


Hacking Team: "We sell our software only to NSA since NSA covers the Whole World".

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories