In his interview with Brian Williams last week, Edward Snowden made some claims about the NSA that seem pretty incredible. I mean, can the NSA really turn your iPhone on or bug it when it's already been shut down?
Apparently, they can.
According to some highly-skilled hacker groups, it's not too far off the mark for the NSA to get powerful, and nearly invisible, malware installed on iPhones for the sole purpose of controlling them.
But how could they do it without companies knowing? Let me direct your attention to the router incident that was brought to light not even a month ago.
NSA teams were intercepting routers and physically implanting backdoors and surveillance software before repackaging them and sending them on their way. Click here to see the shocking details!
If the NSA is OK with doing that to routers, what's to stop them from doing the same with iPhones?
Feasibly, malware could be implanted that mimics the iPhone shutdown screen. The screen would be blank, and if you pressed buttons nothing would happen.
But the phone would still be on. And by using the baseband chip that controls communication with the service carrier, the NSA could activate your phone remotely.