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

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.

source: Hacking Team, WikiLeaks via WMPoweruser



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

3. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 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: Jan 26, 2012

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

5. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

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

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

9. Apoorvtheman

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

It seems dumbphones of Nokia are the most secured phones

11. wilsong17 unregistered

where are the ifans defending the iphone

13. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 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: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

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

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