NSA Can Get Any Data Stored On Your Smartphone - Spiegel Reports
It seems that the scandal around of NSA is not going to go down, because various social medias get more and more information about illegal activities of that organization. We all know that NSA is gathering private information of US citizens and try to tell us that is done to fight terrorists. Well, now those guys have aimed at the most vulnerable modern gadget – our smartphone.
Smartphones are dangerous
We always tell all our readers that smartphones are dangerous. They've got to the top of the most dangerous mobile gadgets, that we've published recently. So, “Der Spiegel” told that NSA is able to obtain any information, stored on your smartphone remotely. They also told that their reporters have seen papers that prove their statement.
Well, that seems to be true, because of two fact. First is that NSA has already broken the law by spying on US citizens and breaking their rights for privacy and the second one – smartphones are vulnerable. And as long as people will ignore basic safety rules for private data on smartphone – those will remain the same.
Der Spiegel wrote that nor mobile carriers, neither major manufacturers were not involved in the process, but it is rather doubtful. First of all, major carriers, like Verizon has already shown their attitude to user's personal data and provided it for sale. So we suppose that business is involved here.
Vulnerability of modern mobile systems
We've also already written about vulnerable spots of modern mobile operational systems and Spiegel's report proves our point of view. It doesn't really matter which OS you are using now, a lot of those have their own, specific security gaps and holes. Exploiting them is just a matter of time and technology, that's probably how NSA has got their hand in your smartphone.
We should also mention the fact that BlackBerry users are not safe here too. They say that BlackBerry is the most reliable OS and all the data stored there is encrypted. That's not so, Spiegel reported that NSA has an access to the data stored on those devices too, including SMS, emails, contact lists, etc.
How to protect privacy?
What can we do to protect ourselves from such a rude intrusion into our private life? First of all it will be wise to check that article, the main idea is well illustrated here. To stop that overwhelming spying we have to make it really expensive. First of all we have to stop sharing personal information with our smartphones, they can be easily hacked via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and their location can be tracked via GPS and cell phone tower triangulation.
Blocking a smartphone
Second – block your smartphones, they share to many personal info, while connected to the Internet. In that case, combined GSM, 3G and 4G jamming device will help. With it, you may be sure that your location won't be tracked. Also, we'd recommend to avoid public Wi-Fi hotspots, because those networks are vulnerable and all the information you send via Wi-Fi can be intercepted by third parties.
Keep an eye on your smartphone, because information you have there is rather valuable. These days you privacy is your concern, keep NSA and other spies out of your private life!