Edward Snowden developed a special phone case to keep us safe from spying eyes

We all know, Edward Snowden who always fight against government’s policy about spying their citizens. So this time Snowden comes up with a new gadget concept to keep us safe from spying eyes.

On Thursday, Snowden and hacker Andrew Huang presented a possible solution – MIT Media Lab, with Snowden speaking on video from Russia – that could prevent the government from finding your location.  Tracking a person’s location is quiet easy for government because now everyone have smartphones with GPS and according to Snowden – ” smartphones are the perfect tracking device”.

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Governments can monitor a user’s location through the radio signals from the phone and this can put journalists, activists, and rights workers in danger, he warned.

So Snowden and fellow hacker Huang comes up with a gadget concept called the introspection engine,” and it’s designed to alert the user if and when the phone’s radio signals are turned on.

Yes smartphones generally come with an airplane mode that can turn off a phone’s cellular and Wi-Fi connections. But even that can be misleading, Snowden warned. The GPS, for instance, will still remain active on some handsets, like the iPhone. In the worst-case scenario, malware could also infect the handset to secretly send radio transmissions, he added.

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How Snowden’s Device Keep Us Safe from Spying Eyes

Snowden’s solution is designed to detect any errant phone signals when the handset is switched into airplane mode. His concept functions like a battery case that can attach to an iPhone, but it also wires into the handset’s SIM card slot. A small computer in the case will then detect the handset’s radio transmissions.

Edward Snowden developed a special phone case to keep us safe from spying eyes
Conceptual rendering of a “battery case” style introspection engine, piggybacked on an iPhone6 | Credit: Edward Snowden

Any unusual activity can trigger an alarm. A small display embedded on the case can also show updates. To guarantee that no signals are sent out, the case could also built with a “kill switch” that disconnects power to the phone.

Snowden said that he designed the technology to help protect reporters working in dangerous situations.

“Unfortunately, journalists can be betrayed by their own tools,” he added. That may have happened in 2012, when U.S. reporter Marie Colvin was killed while covering the Syrian civil war. A lawsuit alleges that the Syrian government assassinated her by tracking Colvin’s satellite phone communications to find her location.

Snowden’s introspection engine, however, is still just a concept. He hopes to develop a prototype over the coming year. The technology will be open source and is meant to easily be applied to other phone models.

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Nethra Gupta
Nethra Gupta
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