tisdag 27 december 2011

iPhone Can Take Photos Of You Without Your Knowledge - BlackBerry, Gmail Users "You're All Screwed Too : Wikileaks Spy Files

iPhone Can Take Photos Of You Without Your Knowledge : Wikileaks Spy Files

iPhone Can Take Photos Of You Without Your Knowledge - BlackBerry, Gmail Users "You're All Screwed Too : Wikileaks Spy Files

In past we had reported Julian Assange said it is only a matter of time before damaging information that
Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo Spying Tools for US intelligence becomes known.

Now in latest development on Mass Surveillance, companies can use your iPhone to take photos of you and your surroundings without your knowledge, said a representative from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism at a panel chaired by Julian Assange .

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange also said governments the world over were curbing personal liberty and individual privacy by continuous monitoring of phone calls and emails under the guise of tracking Islamist terror.

He said the governments worldwide were keeping emails and phone calls under surveillance "not necessarily for terrorists but may be for economic intelligence".

This bulk of information, he said, "flows through largest US companies".

He named US' Lockheed Martin and Boeing as the companies which access the information and said: "It is handed out to those individuals and companies who are close to building communications equipment".

"Bulk surveillance of entire nations is on," he said disclosing that an unnamed German firm was tempting the governments to buy its military surveillance tools with an unusual open offer.

"Interception of entire nations by western firms works against transparency for public for secretive groups. We should strive for laws for open society," he said, adding that Islamist "terror was being used as a cover for illegal interceptions" misused for economic intelligence by private companies.

He said governments of the world in collaboration with private companies were working with laws that would ensure secrecy and block information to the public.

Companies also sell products that will let them change the messages you write, track your location and nick your email contacts, claimed speakers on the panel that included representatives from Privacy International and the aforementioned bureau.

The privacy campaigners, speaking in London, pulled out some of the most sensational revelations in the 287 documents about the international surveillance industry published today by WikiLeaks (but you read it here first). The documents cover a total of 160 companies in 25 countries.

"Who here has an iPhone, who has a BlackBerry, who uses Gmail?" Assange asked. "Well you're all screwed," he continued, "the reality is that intelligence operations are selling right now mass surveillance systems for all those products".

Speaking on the panel, Pratap Chatterjee of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (which works out of City University, but is an independent organisation) said that your phone could be used to record and send information about you even when it is in stand-by mode. That data included location, recordings of your conversations and even photographs. This spy software could run on iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows mobile kit.

Stefania Maurizi, a journalist from Italy's weekly news magazine L'Espresso, showed documents that suggested that software products could not only read emails and text messages sent from spied-on phones, but could actually fake new ones or alter the text of messages sent.

Maurizi and N Ram, editor-in-chief of India's The Hindu newspaper (speaking over a Skype connection) said that they were particularly worried by the lack of a legal framework and the absence of checks and balances in the surveillance system.

Steven Murdoch of Cambridge Security group said such software was being made by British companies including ones based in Surrey and Oxford.

He added that even lawful interception was no longer targeted and backed up by suspicions. "We're seeing increasingly wholesale monitoring of entire populations with no suspicion of wrongdoing – the data is being monitored and stored in the hope that it might one day be useful."

"Without controls on this industry, the threat that surveillance poses to freedom on expression and human rights in general is only going to increase."



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