Italian company finds a way to monitor and tamper with any smartphone
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.
source: Hacking Team, WikiLeaks via WMPoweruser
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?
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.
2. ThePolak (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)
So this is how Mr. Finch does it on "Person of Interest"! One mystery less.
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).
12. ePoch270 (Posts: 112; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
I'm sure White listed countries would NEVER sell to a blacklisted country.
5. tasior (Posts: 256; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
Welcome to Orwell's Year 1984, everybody...
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.
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.
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......
8. AfterShock (Posts: 2970; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Disgusting to humanity.
We're all suspect to some group.
9. Apoorvtheman (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
It seems dumbphones of Nokia are the most secured phones
11. wilsong17 (Posts: 1092; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
where are the ifans defending the iphone
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.
14. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 158; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
Hacking Team: "We sell our software only to NSA since NSA covers the Whole World".