Hacking mobile phones doesn't really send off any "OMFG you haXd ma fon3" type reactions these days because we know that shit's been around for like, eva. Just look at the "news International phone-hacking scandal" back in the days. It also comes as no surprise that sending someone the right text can cause all sorts of mischievous mayhem with malicious intent. Nope no fucking biggy at all!
So what's your point you fucking idiot?
The amount of time and effort it took wasn't always such an easy task. It took planning, a lot of calculated guess work, blowing an official here and there and not to mention finding or even creating the right software to achieve the task; Who knows? But the simplicity these days is pretty awesome, and since the government benefits from this technology we know the issue isn't going to get fixed in a hurry. Kind of like, if you have guns mr president, then we can have guns too.
Therefore the point my obnoxious friend is simply....simplicity.
Edward Snowden: Smartphones can be hacked into with just one text message and then used to spy on their owners
GCHQ, the UK’s spying agency, has a ‘smurf suite’ of tools that allow it to break into and listen in on phones, Snowden claims from Moscow
The world’s spying agencies have tools that allow them to take over smartphones with just a text message, according to Edward Snowden, and there is “very little” that their owners can do to stop it.
The UK’s intelligence agency has a suite of tools that let it listen on phones and their owners, Snowden told the BBC’s Panorama in Moscow. All spies would need to do is send a special text message and they will be able to gain access to the camera and its microphones, the BBC reported Snowden as saying.
The set of tools is called “Smurf Suite”, according to Snowden. Each of the individual tools has their own name — “Dreamy Smurf” lets the phone be powered on and off, for instance, and “Nosey Smurf” lets spies turn the microphone on and listen in on users, even if the phone itself is turned off.
GCHQ even has a tool called “Paranoid Smurf” that hides the fact that it has taken control of the phone. The tool will stop people from recognising that the phone has been tampered with if it is taken in for a service, for instance.
“For example, if you wanted to take the phone in to get it serviced because you saw something strange going on or you suspected something was wrong, it makes it much more difficult for any technician to realise that anything's gone amiss,” Snowden said.
The comments mirror those by Snowden earlier in the year, when his lawyer said that the whistleblower doesn’t use an iPhone because it “has special software that can activate itself without the owner having to press a button and gather information about him, that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone”.
The text message used to gain access to the phone wouldn’t be seen by its user and they would have no idea that it had arrived, Snowden said.
"That's a specially crafted message that's texted to your number like any other text message but when it arrives at your phone it's hidden from you,” Snowden said. “It doesn't display. You paid for it [the phone] but whoever controls the software owns the phone."