Mobile Devices: Can They Be Used To Spy On You?

Smartphone Hacking - Image Sourced From The Intercept

With the new Wikileaks revelation regarding mobile devices being used to spy on their users, companies like Apple and Samsung have started to address the vulnerabilities found in their operating systems. According to The BBC, allegations suggest that the CIA have been using mobile devices to listen to what their users say. This, of course, caused an uproar among technology companies and their consumers.

Apple recently released a statement saying:

“The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80% of users running the latest version of our operating system.

While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security update.”

George Orwell’s 1984 is slowly becoming a reality with the technological capabilities that government agencies have come to utilize. The Android Operating System has been detected to be most vulnerable and the idea of your devices becoming a spy tool is very real. Even rooting your Android device increases the risk of your phone becoming hijacked.

Our best recommendation would be to update your devices, whether iOS or Android, to the latest operating system available. While to many, updates may seem a hassle they are in fact a necessity through which mobile technology companies attempt to resolve problems and overcome hacking risks.