If you own an iPhone, the NSA is snickering at you

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Just in time for Apple's big press conference this week, Der Spiegel's reporting on slides from an internal NSA powerpoint presentation that show the agency making fun of Apple users for voluntarily participating in their own surveillance. 

So while you're anxiously hitting F5 on whatever liveblog you follow for these Big Apple Announcements (I tend to like Gizmodo's) you're also supposed to feel very dumb for falling in love with a shiny toy capable of broadcasting your location to the NSA at any given moment. 

I mean, I guess. But what's the alternative, really? As Der Spiegel also reported, iPhones aren't unique in their domestic spying vulnerability. The NSA is also perfectly capable of breaking into Blackberries. So what's really the problem here? That we're all a bunch of tech-obsessed zombies? Or that our country apparently has a very sophisticated domestic spying program with very little oversight?



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Comments [4]

james denoil

I am very thankful to you for sharing your views with us. It is very useful for me.

Sep. 21 2013 06:39 AM
Mark Stamey from New York, Key Largo, L.A.

Hey, it worked for Joey Stalin.

(... and adolph)

Sep. 15 2013 09:56 AM
S K Clare from Metro DC

I never figured out my hacker/investigators' motivation(s) (and, no, I am neither paranoid nor delusional)- first, the all accounts icon and all social aps on my Verizon BlackBerry were stolen off the very face of the Berry, and Verizon treated me like a criminal unentitled to my own phone records.

Needless to say, I no longer do business with Verizon.. . Of course, it's entirely possible it WASN't the NSA, just my angry, unemployed IT genius ex.

Besides the many hacks via my landlord's wireless network into my computers (two were blown up) and smart phone, the next hack was fascinating- cutting off the text on a "dumb phone," as I had stopped keeping smart phone and voice/text on same line. But the last hack on that number is very odd and makes me think it is NSA!!!!!

What have I been implicated in!!! I have made IC3 complaints; but if I were not being investigated but rather assisted, they would ask to put stuff on my computers and phones without sneaking it on (or is it a hacker?).

My last passport expired around 20 years ago; I have no contacts with foreign nationals other than Arab-speakers who keep calling the new landline (and which I have reported to FBI) and whom I keep hanging up on.

For my part, I liked it when this country observed the 4th Amendment/through the 14th; I am also cognizant of the the great deal of money Verizon made off of me in the course of refusing to admit their Hotspot was readily hackable, especially into Windows 8; I have nothing to do with an internet/wireless/tech industry that does not adequately protect me. I hope the USPS stays honest a bit longer.

I have nothing to hide (I've held numerous security clearances; I'm a goody-goody), but too many times I have seen people abuse personal information they have obtained. I find it sad that those of us who are roundly and badly hacked are not heard from more often to explain the trauma of it and extraordinary expense, both financial and social. Then people would demand higher level security from their providers. No one would choose to go through the crap I have been subjected to.

Sep. 12 2013 10:10 AM
Jay Alan Babcock from St. Louis, MO

Not only do I use an iPhone, but I have glass windows all around my apartment. Doesn't mean anyone has the right to peep inside at me.

The proof of civility does not reside with me, but with the spy agency that is supposed to "serve" American citizens.

Sep. 10 2013 11:01 AM

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