Independent journalist and security expert Jacob Appelbaum on Monday told a hacker conference in Germany that the NSA could turn iPhones into eavesdropping tools and use radar wave devices to harvest electronic information from computer even if they weren't online, CBS News reported.
Appelbaum told hundreds of computer experts gathered at Hamburg's Chaos Communications Conference that his revelations about the NSA's capabilities "are even worse than your worst nightmares."
"What I am going to show you today is wrist-slittingly depressing," he said.
Even though in the past six months there have been an unprecedented level of public scrutiny of the NSA and its methods, Appelbaum's claims - supported by what appeared to be internal NSA slideshows - still caused a stir.
One of the slides described how the NSA can plant malicious software onto Apple Inc.'s iPhone, giving American intelligence agents the ability to turn the popular smartphone into a pocket-sized spy.
Another slide showcased a futuristic-sounding device described as a "portable continuous wave generator," a remote controlled device which - when paired with tiny electronic implants - can bounce invisible waves of energy off keyboards and monitors to see what is being typed even if the target device isn't connected to the Internet.
A third slide showcased a piece of equipment called NIGHTSTAND, which can tamper with wireless Internet connections from up to 8 miles away.
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Ok whatever...as with any security, if someone has physical access to your device then your device is not yours.
So a big breaking News...NSA CAN PHYSICALLY INSTALL ELECTRONICS BUGS INTO YOUR COMPUTER!
WTF is this 1942?
Same BREAKING NEWS CONTINUOUS WAVE GENERATOR INVISIBLE WAVE technology. Freaking tin foil hat sensational news reporters. (Not you Jasper...just how overblown simple old news stories tend to get).
This crap was possible back 80 years ago! But now it's smaller...so big fcking deal...of course it will be small..of course it might fit in a keybaord... but new techonlogy it isn't neither is the fact that it takes physical access to your machine in order to in stall it.
Hell even James Bond did it better.
Next thing they will revolutionize LASERS CUTTING GOLD!