Take a chill pill: Samsung phone batteries aren't housing spy equipment

Take a chill pill: Samsung phone batteries aren't housing spy equipment
In case you haven't heard, there was a ruckus worthy of a British tabloid's Sunday edition, alluding that the batteries in Samsung phones house spying equipment capable of listening to calls, and even taking pictures. The video, reposted below, quickly went viral on Facebook and other media, amassing more than 12 million views in the short period it's been up. The person making the claim strips away the sticker foil of a Galaxy S4 battery, and points the coil underneath is the alleged spy gear. "Samsung can record pictures on your smartphone and overhear your calls through the coil shaped like this antenna. So, you'd better tear the sticker that wraps the battery first and use the phone," is the sage advice.

It takes only a few minutes to look at the video and refute the claim, pointing out that the person just doesn't know where Samsung fits its Near Field Communication (NFC) contraption. The coil is just the NFC antenna, which different manufacturers put in different places in their phones. Since NFC can serve as a near-field (about four inches) identification method, and then other wireless connectivity kicks in to transfer files from one phone to another, photos included, the whole thing is just a not very elaborate fearmongering that can dupe the average user in believing their phone is spying on them. With all the NSA snooping revelations, and numerous movie plots bandied about, it's not hard to imagine why people are more than a bit weary on the matter, though.

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21 Comments

1. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Did people really believe that this was intended for spying? Smh.

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Jakelee did. Top Kek

7. Urosz

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

people belive all sh.. for instance they belive in charile charlie challange kek

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

After all the trolling people believe from 4chan E.g. iOS 7 with waterproof, unlocking Xbox 360 backward compatibility using some codes, charging your iPhone in the microwave, ... Never underestimate how gullible people can be

12. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

As the famous American Sci-Fi writer Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) wrote: "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."

10. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Some morons who can't read. As it's written on these batteries that it contain an NFC antenna.

11. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I remember having a conversation about this with my friends and despite not having a Samsung device i knew that's the NFC antenna and that this is only stupid people and their conspiracies lmao

13. rj_78

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Yes indeed. Someone sent me this video on whatsapp some folks actually did. I laughed so hard seeing this video. It's pretty clear that is nfc chip

16. waddup121 unregistered

Chiiiiil

19. engineer-1701d unregistered

hahaha idiots it reminds me of the old antenna booster that you would stick inside the back cover of a phone to boost signal.

2. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

At least most of the people are not that stupid, most of the comments in the video are to call bulls**t on the guy and it has 4 times more dislikes than likes. So the youtubers are not that easy to fool.

4. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Adrian Isen proved that this rumour is fake. Who would believe this? Samsung isn't Google.

14. tokuzumi

Posts: 1865; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The guy was hopefully a very clever troll. I knew right away what it really was, and had to explain that to a few facebook friends. This is what happens when someone knows just enough about technology to be dangerous. Like when someone calls a desktop background a "screen saver". Or people who wrap their credit cards in aluminum foil.

15. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I know a retard who took his NFC chip out because of this, facepalm...

17. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

WTF! So this was the source of some silly old woman posting a video of her removing the NFC antenna off the Note 3's battery at FB because she thought it was true. Such noobs should not have tech.

18. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

They don't need additional hardware for spying, everything is done by software

20. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

I can't believe people are that gullible.

21. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

if someone was spying on you. it would be done with spyware and not hardware. the only people who will fall for this are people who are either below 6 years old, people who belive technology is dark magic, people who cant tell the difference between a monitor and a computer, or they have an IQ below 55.

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