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General News Edward Snowden’s iPhone case will warn users of surveillance
Edward Snowden, and well-known hardware hacker Andrew Huang have announced a plan to present designs for a case-like device for Apple’s iPhone, which will check for surveillance. The device will keep a constant check-on what data is transmitted via an iPhone’s radio antennas.

Snowden and Huang claim this device will be more trustworthy, than simply putting your phone on “airplane mode,” which can be spoofed or hacked. The duo is hoping to offer strong privacy guarantees to iPhone owners by shielding them from surveillance, and advanced hacking.

“One good journalist in the right place at the right time can change history,” Snowden told the MIT Media Lab crowd via video stream. “This makes them a target, and increasingly tools of their trade are being used against them.”

Snowden and Huang’s solution to counter the radio-snitching problem is to build an iPhone 6 modification, that will appear similar to an external battery case, and will support a small mono-colour screen, according to a report on Wired.

Tiny probes from the device will fit inside the SIM slot and attach to the phone’s circuit board, while the SIM card itself will fit inside the case. The wires from the device will be able to read electrical signals from the two antennas of the phone that are connected to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and cellular.

The case will be able to detect any radio information being transmitted and warn the user with an audible alarm. Huang said that they might incorporate a “kill switch” to turn off the phone automatically.

Snowden, who gained famed as the NSA whistleblower, has become a well-known advocate for user privacy and security. When
Google launched its Allo messaging app, Snowden had pointed out the app was not safe as it didn’t use end-to-end encryption by default.

In the past, he also raised questions over claims by messaging app Telegram that it was totally secure, and called the app’s default practice of storing plain message text as dangerous.
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