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[Discuss] GPS feature in cellphones?
- Subject: [Discuss] GPS feature in cellphones?
- From: richard.pieri at gmail.com (Richard Pieri)
- Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2014 21:06:32 -0400
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Tom Metro wrote: > My guess is that the origin of this FUD comes from phones that have been > hacked by a government agency. One can imagine how it would be easy to > modify a phone's software such that the power button merely fakes a shut > down. Meanwhile it stays running, tracking, and sending audio from the I've owned a couple of el-cheapo $20 phones (which, by the way, do have location services) and they can't be modified OTA. The hardware to do it simply isn't there. The only way for agents of a government agency to perform such a hack on these phones is to do it in person. Think about that. If the NSA needs to send agents in to modify Al-Qaeda operatives' phones to turn them into trackers then they don't need to do it because they already know where those people are. If you are correct then something doesn't add up here. Maybe "The Find" is just FUD, a herring to keep the masses distracted from what's really going on. I don't know. But what I figure is the simplest answer is also the most tin-foil-hat: every cell phone sold comes pre-compromised from the manufacturers. If cell service providers can lie about providing call data to authorities then why can't handset makers lie about what they've put into their handsets? -- Rich P.