Added: Zain Blanks - Date: 28.02.2022 18:41 - Views: 49555 - Clicks: 4597
It sounds like sorcery. Can someone truly bring your phone back to life without touching it? It's a crafty hack. You press the button. The device buzzes. You see the usual power-off animation.
The screen goes black. But it'll secretly stay on -- microphone listening and camera recording. How did they get into your phone in the first place? They've seen it firsthand. Related: Google testing super-secure. Government spies can set up their own miniature cell network tower. Your phone automatically connects to it. Now, that tower's radio waves send a command to your phone's antennae: the baseband chip. That tells your phone to fake any shutdown and stay on. Spies could keep your phone on standby and just use the microphone -- or send pings announcing your location.
John Pirc, who did cybersecurity research at the CIA, said these methods -- and others, like physically bugging devices -- let the U. Related: Cybersecurity: How safe are you? That means the baseband processor is still running," said Pirc, now chief technology officer of the NSS Labs security research firm.
This isn't easy to accomplish. It's a highly targeted attack.
But if you are really concerned about the government's ability to reawaken your phone, here are some things you could do. Recovery mode. This bypasses the phone's operating system. Every phone has a different approach for this. It's fairly easy albeit cumbersome for iPhone users.
Plug it into a computer with iTunes open. Hold down the Power and Home buttons for 10 seconds no less then let go of the Power button. Wait for an iTunes pop-up. That's it. For Android users, recovery mode varies by model. Android Magazine has a great tutorial here.
Create a barrier. Use a al-blocking phone case. You can buy them Off PocketHideCell or even make your own -- assuming you have the patience to do so.
Pull out the battery. Without a power source, the phone can't come back on. This is the best, most surefire option. It's also, annoyingly, no longer a choice on most top-of-the-line smartphones. Silent Circle, a company that enables top-end private communication, kept these issues in mind when it co-created the Blackphone. It has a removable battery. It uses PrivatOS, a stripped-down version of Android that reduces tracking. And because spoofed cell towers can target its antennae too, Blackphone's makers are working with chipmaker Nvidia NVDA to develop their own custom, more secure baseband chip.
You probably don't need to fear that the National Security Agency is using this strategy on your phone, Janke said. Those spies are focused on hunting down a specified list of terrorists and foreign fighters. But he noted that the FBI is using these kinds of surveillance tactics in the U. The government can't really turn your phone back on.
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