dward Snowden’s Russian handler says the NSA contractor turned hacker refuses to use an iPhone… because the NSA can spy on it at will.
Forbes reported in 2013 that documents dumped by Snowden showed the NSA had developed spyware for all smart phones. But now, according to Tech Times, Snowden’s attorney Anatoly Kucherena claims the iPhone is particularly vulnerable.
Edward never uses an iPhone; he’s got a simple phone. The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner having to press a button and gather information about him; that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone.
Snowden is the first to reveal the NSA’s spyware tactics. Tech Times says the Snowden leaks revealed an entire panoply of things they could use to hack an iPhone:
Succeeding leaks showed that the NSA developed spyware that would target iPhones, allowing intelligence agencies to access messages, live microphone feeds, data contained in the devices and location data. While it was not made clear whether the program was a success, Apple again denied being involved in the development of such a spyware.
Apple says it has never worked with the NSA to come up with a back door to its iPhone and, according to the UK Daily Mirror, doesn’t even collect data for profiles of its users like other tech companies:
Apple has always been outspoken about the importance of user privacy and doesn’t harvest people’s data to make its money, so it would be bizarre if Snowden’s allegations turned out to be true.
Edward Snowden has been living in Russia since leaking NSA documents which revealed spying techniques in June 2013.