Edward Snowden is reportedly working with a researcher from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab to build a device which will protect smartphones from government spies. Despite living in exile in Russia, former National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower has designed the device which is a plastic case designed to slide over an Apple iPhone 6. It will monitor the phone’s antennas to detect any incoming or outgoing signals from the cellular, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, or NFC radio chips. Also Read - UK's bulk interception powers revealed by Edward Snowden declared illegalAlso Read - NSA is getting rid of hundreds of millions of call and text records collected under Freedom Act
The sensor-laden case will trigger an alarm if there is a snooping effort. “Because the device is a separate piece of hardware, it would be secure against any effort to hack the phone’s operating system,” the Boston Globe reports. The device is being created with the help of researcher Andrew Huang and was revealed at an event at the MIT Media Lab in the US.
“Because the device is a separate piece of hardware, it would be secure against any effort to hack the phone’s operating system,” the report noted. The case may even be set to shut off an iPhone automatically if it detects unwanted transmissions. “The technical goal here is to make sure that the radios are really off. Think of the thing we’re doing as like a designated driver for the phone,” Huang was quoted as saying. A working prototype device is expected to debut next year and the design and code will be open-sourced.