Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Edward Snowden reveals how Government can hack into YOUR smartphone and see EVERYTHING




Edward Snowden reveals how Government can hack into YOUR smartphone and see EVERYTHING

GOVERNMENT spies can take total control of your smartphone to look at your browser history, see emails and texts and listen to conversations, according to whistleblower Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden has revealed what software government spies use to hack phones


The former US security man said the UK Government had invested heavily in technology to hack mobiles.
Talking to BBC's Panorama, he revealed Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham uses a secret programme codenamed Smurfs to monitor citizens.
He said: "Dreamy Smurf is the power management tool which means turning your phone on and off without you knowing."

"He also said there was another software, called Paranoid Smurf, which aims to prevent technicians finding out Government workers have control over the smartphone if you become concerned.And this was something that was occurring without our knowledge, without our consent".
The Smurf programmes are named after the blue creatures in the Belgian cartoons.
Snowden said, as well as those suspected of plotting terror attacks, agencies target people it believes are carrying out serious crimes such as paedophilia. But he said they collect mass data to find out who those targets may be.

The whistleblower, who now lives in Moscow as he is under fear of arrest by the US for revealing top secrets, said GCHQ collects bulk data under another system.
This allows them to take control of the server and Snowden said the tactic is used aggressively.
He said: "Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) is basically digital espionage."

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The former US security man is now living in Russia under fear of arrest by America

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The UK Government says GCHQ's work is carried out under accordance with legal framework
"Trying to control things that you don't own. What the Intelligence Agencies like to do is they'll hack those network service providers and secretly take ownership of the devices that are affecting traffic without the service providers ever knowing about it."

Mr Snowden said he knows tactics used by the UK spy agencies as he had privileged access to all files in his role, including British government documents.
He added, in effect, GCHQ acted as a subsidiary of America's NSA.
He said: "When I was sitting at my desk working with tools of mass surveillance every day, I saw that all of our communications were being intercepted all of the time in the absence of any suspicion of wrongdoing.
"And this was something that was occurring without our knowledge, without our consent.
"GCHQ is for almost intents and purposes a subsidiary of the NSA, they provide technology, they provide tasking and direction as to what they should go after."
US government officials have brought charges against Snowden under the Espionage Act.
Snowden said the claims, of stealing secret information, were unfair and he fears a life sentence if he ever returns to the US.
He said: "The Espionage Act finds anyone guilty who provides any information to the public regardless of whether it's right or wrong. You aren't even allowed to explain to a Jury what your motivations were for revealing this information.

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Snowden revealed the information in a BBC Panorama interview broadcast tonight




"It's simply a question of did you reveal information? If yes, you go to prison for the rest of your life."
But he did reveal he has offered a plea bargain with the government and would be prepared to go to jail.
He said the only assurance he has got from the US is that he would not be tortured.
He said: "I've volunteered to go to prison with the government many times. What I won't do is I won't serve as a deterrent to people trying to do the right thing in difficult situations.
"So far they've said they won't torture me which is a start, I think. But we haven't gotten much further than that.
In a statement regarding the allegations of spying on smartphones, a GCHQ spokesman said: "It is longstanding policy that we do not comment on intelligence matters.



"Furthermore, all of GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework, which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the Secretary of State, the Interception and Intelligence Services Commissioners and the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. 
"All our operational processes rigorously support this position. In addition, the UK's interception regime is entirely compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights."

By ROB VIRTUE
READ MORE:http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/610024/Edward-Snowden-UK-Government-hack-smartphones