In Video – Jacob Appelbaum on phone tracking

Jacob Appelbaum speaks at Ignite Seattle 11 / Image courtesy of Randy Stewart

As the Bureau’s State of Surveillance investigation with WikiLeaks and Privacy International reveals, technology now exists that can allow a government security agency to secretly and remotely install a small piece of software on your mobile phone. This will turn it into a device that can trace your location, listen in to your conversations, and even take pictures of you and the people around you using the built-in camera.

Computer security researcher and anonymity expert Jacob Appelbaum tells the Bureau why everyone who has a mobile phone should be deeply alarmed by these developments. Appelbaum says rather than carrying phones that can also be tracked, it is closer to the truth to say we now carry tracking devices that also make phone calls.