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American whistleblower Edward Snowden delivers a speech during the Roskilde Festival in Denmark last month. Photograph: Scanpix Denmark/Reuters

Edward Snowden has helped design a mobile phone case called the introspection engine that, he claims, will show when a smartphone is transmitting information that could be monitored.

Presenting via video link to event at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Snowden and co-designer Andrew Bunnie Huang showed how the device connects to a phones different radio transmitters, showing its owner knows when a cellular, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection is being used to share or receive data.

Initial mockups of the introspection engine show a small, monochromatic display built into its casing shows whether the phone is dark, or whether it is transmitting, and it also can supply an iPhone with extra battery power and cover the rear-facing camera.

It could be developed to act as a sort of kill switch that would disconnect a phones power supply when it detects that a radio is transmitting data after its owner has attempted to turn it off.

The device is an academic project and nowhere near ready for the mass market, but could still influence how consumers view the tracking devices otherwise known as smartphones that they rely on every day.

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If you have a phone in your pocket thats turned on, a long-lived record of your movements has been created, Snowden said. As a result of the way the cell network functions your device is constantly shouting into the air by means of radio signals a unique identity that validates you to the phone company. And this unique identity is not only saved by that phone company, but it can also be observed as it travels over the air by independent, even more dangerous third parties.

Most smartphones disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular transmission when in airplane mode, but Snowden and Huang say that cant be trusted.

Malware packages, peddled by hackers at a price accessible by private individuals, can activate radios without any indication from the user interface, they write in their paper on the device. Trusting a phone that has been hacked to go into airplane mode is like trusting a drunk person to judge if they are sober enough to drive.

The project is an extension of Snowdens work to inform the public about the surveillance capabilities available to governments around the world. In June 2013 he revealed information about mass surveillance programs from the National Security Agency, where he was a contractor, and he has since become the closest thing digital security has to Neil DeGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye: a recognizable name that can explain these issues in a way the average person can understand.

In addition to educating people about security risks, he now wants to help citizens defend themselves if the introspection engine ever becomes a reality.

Snowden and Huang say theres no guarantee the device will ever be more than a mockup. Over the coming year, we hope to prototype and verify the introspection engines abilities, they write. As the project is run largely through volunteer efforts on a shoestring budget, it will proceed at a pace reflecting the practical limitations of donated time. If they do receive the proper funding, they could release the device in partnership with the Freedom of the Press Foundation media advocacy group.

Snowden said the introspection engine was designed to help protect journalists. One good journalist in the right place at the right time can change history. One good journalist can move the needle in the context of an election. One well-placed journalist can influence the outcome of a war, he said.

This makes them a target, and increasingly the tools of their trade [are] being used against them. Our technology is beginning to betray us not just as individuals but as classes of workers, particularly those who are putting a lot on the line in the public interest.

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Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin was reportedly killed in Syria after government forces were able to trace her position, according to a new lawsuit.

Snowden and Huang are concentrating on working with Apples iPhone, but also said the device could be modified to work on other smartphones. Its not immediately clear how Apple will respond to the introspection engine; while it has worked to give consumers security features meant to thwart even sophisticated attackers, the company might not be fond of a device that can separate an iPhone from all networks. Apple has not responded to a request for comment.

Still, the connection to Snowden and the rush of attention following MIT Media Labs event might inspire others to work on devices similar to the introspection engine. Even if the tool never becomes more than an interesting subject discussed at an academic conference, it could lead to consumers having more control over what exactly their iPhone is sharing from their pockets.

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Concept rendering of Edward Snowden’s antisurveillance device.

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has come up with a concept iPhone case that couldprevent the government from finding your location.

Smartphones, while incredibly useful, are also the perfect tracking device, Snowden wrote in a co-authoredpaper that covers his research.

Governments can monitor a users location through the radio signals from the phone and this can put journalists, activists, and rights workers in danger, he warned.

On Thursday, Snowden and hacker Andrew Huang presented a possible solution. Its called the introspection engine, and its designed to alert the user if and when the phones radio signals are turned on.

That may sound trivial. Smartphones generally come with an airplane mode that can turn off a phones cellular and Wi-Fi connections.

But even that can be misleading, Snowden warned. The GPS, for instance, will still remain active on some handsets, like the iPhone. In the worst-case scenario, malware could also infect the handset to secretly send radio transmissions, he added.

Snowdens solution is designed to detect any errant phone signals when the handset is switched into airplane mode.

His concept functions like a battery case that can attach to an iPhone, but it also wires into the handsets SIM card slot. A small computer in the case will then detect the handsets radio transmissions.

Any unusualactivity can trigger an alarm. A small display embedded on the case can also show updates.

To guarantee that no signals are sent out, the case could also built with a kill switch that disconnects power to the phone.

Snowden said that he designed the technology to help protect reporters working in dangerous situations.

Unfortunately, journalists can be betrayed by their own tools, he added. That may have happened in 2012, when U.S. reporter Marie Colvin was killed while covering the Syrian civil war. A lawsuit alleges that the Syrian government assassinated her by tracking Colvins satellite phone communications to find her location.

Snowdens introspection engine, however, is still just a concept. He hopes to develop a prototype over the coming year. The technology will be open source and is meant to easily be applied to other phone models.

He and Huang, who authored a book on hacking the Xbox, presented their paper on Thursday at the MIT Media Lab, with Snowden speaking on video from Russia.

Michael Kan covers IT, telecommunications, and the Internet for the IDG News Service. More by Michael Kan

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The Oscar-winning director of the upcoming biopic Snowden and the NSA leaker himself participated in an eye-opening Q&A at San Diegos Comic-Con.

The NSAs worst nightmare made his San Diego Comic-Con debut by way of video chat, moments after the first public screening of Oliver StonesSnowden.

The FBI actually gets a copy of this talk because were going through Google Hangouts, which unfortunately has a sort of built-in surveillance capability, joked Edward Snowden, his face peering down on a theater full of critics and journalists. He joined Stone and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley from Moscow, his home for the foreseeable future, livefrom the internet.

Snowdentracks the NSA analyst as he wrestles with the decision to blow the lid off of the U.S. governments top-secret global surveillance program, an act that made him persona non grata in America and changed history. The telling of this historic expos, co-scripted by Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald, is authorized by Snowden, who appears as himself in the final coda.

After a dazzling thriller of a finale right out of a spy flick (which, yes, involves a certain Rubiks cube), Stones larger aims materialize. News footage of President Obama, seen earlier labeling Snowden a 29-year-old hacker, is used to pose a questionthequestionseemingly to the president as much as the public at large: Is Edward Snowden a spy or a whistleblower? A traitor or a hero?

Snowden will presumably make its official world premiere in September at the Toronto Film Festival, so bringing a tech-oriented political thriller to a July geekfest filled with superhero fans in spandex cosplay was a curious move. But its official release, timed for a fall Oscar berth, is not slated until Sept. 16. Thursday at Comic-Con, on the same night Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, Stones film highlighted the fact that Obama still has time to pardon Snowden before he leaves office.

The opportunistic move of sneaking Snowden into the annual pop culture convention appearance worked. Stone grabbed plenty of attention forSnowdenby likening Pokmon Go to a form of totalitarianism during a panel earlier in the day. But that evening, he told The Daily Beast hes not banking on Obama rescuing Snowden from perma-exile. I asked if the president is likely to even see the film any time soon. I hope so, Stone said. I hope so, but Im holding no hopes on it.

Live from the internet, Snowden explained why he got involved in a major motion picture retelling of his life. When there is enough in the public record you dont really get to decide if a movie gets made, he said. Stone was the right director to bring his story to the screen, he said, because nobody tells Oliver what to do, and thats not the case with a lot of studios. Thats a distinguisher that I hope shows through in the final message.

He decided to appear in the movie after Stone flew out to film him for bonus materials, he said. In the film, he professes his newfound purpose while seated at a laptop bearing a sticker for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending civil liberties in the digital world.

According to Stone, it took nine takes to nail Snowdens scenethe same number of takes it took Trump to film his deleted cameo in Stones Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. I once directed Donald Trump, Stone smiled to the crowd. It was a hard day. The difference between Donald and Edand this is true, I love the man in a weird wayafter every take [Trump] jumped up and said, Wasnt that great?

The confidence is unbelievable, and thats whats allowing him to run, Stone continued. I had to say, Donald, I think its great but you know what? I think we can go a little bit better here.

Stone also revealed that Snowden made a major contribution to the scripting of the films climaxa nail-biter that depicts exactly how Snowden managed to get away with the stolen files he would eventually release to the world. In the movie, Snowden anxiously downloads files upon files of documents and hides the SD card inside a Rubiks cube.

After much suspense, he manages to smuggle the cube out through security, smiling his relief into the open air.

Only thats not how he really did it.

We dont know, Stone admitted. None of us know. Hes the only one who knows and one day he may reveal. It was Eds idea, his suggestion. We responded to it and ran with it. But it was a good idea. Thank you.

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Snowden did not divulge how that scene really unfolded, but he confirmed that life as an international fugitive isnt all that terrible. I can confirm that Im not living in a box, he said. I actually live a surprisingly free life.

This was not the most likely outcome, he added. I didnt actually expect to make it out of Hawaii. I thought it was incredibly risky I never thought I would be saved. But I thought the stories might still be able to get out there.

He slammed the U.S. governmentwhich canceled his passport and made traveling impossible in the wake of the leakfor threatening trade sanctions against countries that offered him asylum.

Particularly in the case of Ecuador, they literally got a direct threat, I believe from John Kerry, to revoke trade preferences, he said. Trade preferences were basically the thing keeping their economy aliveliterally, for broccoli farmers and rose farmers. These are impoverished, indigenous farmers, and they were like, Were going to make sure these peoples families cant eat if you defend this guys human rights.

But this is not a criticism about the United States specifically, although thats heinous in terms of foreign policy, he continued. This is truly about the nature of power.

Earlier in the day, Snowden andAndrew Bunnie Huang unveiled plans for a device that would prevent the outside surveillance of cellphones.Were not doing productization, were not doing sales, were not setting up a company or anything like that, Snowden clarified. Just saying anybody who wants to do this, here are our findings.

I love my country. I love the things that we try to do, he declared. I have serious policy disagreements with some agencies of government, particularly senior officials. The working level guys by and large are good people trying to do the best they can. But theyre often ordered more or less to do bad things, for what they believe to be a good reason.

Speaking from exile in Russia, Snowden seemed content given the circumstances. I dont have to worry about that anymore.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward Snowden in the biopic “Snowden.”(Photo: Jrgen Olczyk)

SAN DIEGO From a world away, Edward Snowden critiqued the guy playing him in the upcoming Snowden as well as his own Hollywoodperformance.

Appearing online via a liveGoogle Hangout, the former government contractor who leaked classified National SecurityAgency documents in 2013 and is currently in exile in Moscow joined director Oliver Stone and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley for a Q&A following Thursday’s secret screening at Comic-Con.

Snowden (in theaters Sept. 16) features Gordon-Levitt as the famedwhistleblower. The real Snowden praised the actors performance while also admitting that watching the biopic is a crazy and surreal experience.

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I dont think anybody looks forward to having a movie made about themselves, particularly somebody whos a privacy advocate, Snowden said. Some of my family members have said, He sounds just likes you. For me, it sounds weird because the voice in your head is never the same thing, but if he passes the family test, hes doing all right.

Added Gordon-Levitt: It means a lot to have the endorsement of Ed himself.

The fictionalized drama is as real as it could be, saysSnowden, but some things had to be plotted for the Hollywood story. For example, while its never been disclosed how Snowden sneaked the classified documents out of the Hawaiian ops center he worked at in 2013, in the movie a Rubiks Cube is used to house an SD card filled with information.

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This is one of the things that I think make it such a challenging story for Oliver to tell because there are some things that simply are not in the public record and wont be in the near future, at least given the precarious nature of my personal situation, explained Snowden.

But in a very realistic touch, Snowden himself appears in the movie. Stone reported that it was a gamble difficult for the rookie actor.

We did nine takes at least from several angles, and he talks so well in interviews but its so hard for him to become somewhat a third person, Stone said. He got there eventually but it was a hard day.

Director Oliver Stone came to Comic-Con for the first time to present his new film “Snowden.”(Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

It reminded Stone of the time he directed Donald Trump in the 2010 sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps for a scene that never made it into the final cut of the film. The difference between Donald and Ed was that, I swear to God this istrue, and I love the man in a weird way, but after every take (Trump)jumped up and he said, Wasnt that great?! And I said, Honestly, no. The confidence is unbelievable.

After Snowden chuckled that Im not an actor. he did call Gordon-Levitt and Woodley (who plays Snowdens girlfriend Lindsay Mills) champions forthe public good in reaching a new audience and getting people to talk about important political issues.

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No ones going to go out and read 3,000 articles thatve been published about this, Snowden said. Theyre not going to be able to scrutinize congressional hearings and testimony.

But by watching the lived experiences, the performances of these actors, and then tying it back in that magic Oliver Stone moment, it was something that made me really nervous, but I think he made it work.

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Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden on Thursday announced the design of a smartphone case that could prevent governments or hackers from accessing information from users’ devices.

Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia to avoid prosecution by the U.S. government on espionage charges for taking 1.7 million highly classified documents obtained as part of his job at the National Security Agency, released a paper he wrote with Andrew “Bunnie” Huang on the prototype.

The two appeared Thursday at a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Snowden appeared via video feed, McClatchy reports.

According to the paper, the case is intended to be used by journalists, human rights workers and others whose movements could be tracked by hostile governments or hackers.

Snowden and Huang say that putting a phone in “airplane mode” does not always keep hostile actors from tapping into a phone, but the case would alert users to hacking attempts.

“Turning off radios by entering airplane mode is no defense,” they write. “[F]or example, on iPhones since iOS 8.2, GPS is active in airplane mode. Malware packages, peddled by hackers at a price accessible by private individuals, can activate radios without any indication from the user interface; trusting a phone that has been hacked to go into airplane mode is like trusting a drunk person to judge if they are sober enough to drive.”

The devise is called an “introspection engine,” they say. “The introspection engine has the capability to alert a reporter of a dangerous situation in real-time. “The core principle is simple: if the reporter expects radios to be off, alert the user when they are turned on.”

Snowden and Huang said they aim to have a prototype within the next year and intend to offer it for sale if it works as they expect it to, McClatchy reported.

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Three years after he exposed a series of massive government surveillance programs, Edward Snowden is using his expertise to help journalists concerned about government surveillance.

Teaming up with Andrew Bunnie Huang, a hacker known for modifying consumer products such as an Xbox, hes working on a device that alerts iPhone users to when their phones’ internal radio antennas are transmitting.

By wiring into the iPhones circuitry through its SIM card slot, which stores a user’s personal data, the device could alert users, particularly journalists, about when someone, such as a foreign government, is listening in.

One good journalist in the right place at the right time can change history, Mr. Snowden told a crowd at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass., on Thursday, speaking via video stream, Wired reports. This makes them a target, and increasingly tools of their trade are being used against them.

The device, which is still in the design stage, is also intended to be a much more trustworthy method of determining whether the phones radios are off rather than the airplane mode, which can be hacked and made to look as if it is not transmitting.

Even turning an iPhone off entirely isnt foolproof, because some malicious software can make the phone appear to be off when it is actually transmitting data, Snowden claimed in a 2014 NBC interview.

For journalists, especially those working in foreign countries, the phones ubiquity as portable cameras, recording devices, and notepads make them particularly vulnerable to sophisticated spying technology, Snowden and Mr. Huang say.

In a report last year, the Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of the US members of the nonprofit Investigative Reporters and Editors organization said they suspected the American government has collecteddata about their phone calls, emails, and online communications.

I figure everything I do is tracked, watched, stored and shared and if ever the government, or hackers, wanted to know or expose everything I do, they could and would, one journalist told Pew. Scary, but Im resigned to it.

For some journalists, those concerns had affected how they communicated with their sources, Pew found.

The anti-spying device is particularly geared toward reporters working overseas, Huang told Wired, with journalists covering conflicts in Syria and Iraq, for example, facing increased risks.

Our approach is:state-level adversaries are powerful, assume the phone iscompromised, he told Wired. Lets look at hardware-related signals that are extremely difficult to fake. We wantto give a you-bet-your-life assurancethat thephone actuallyhas its radiosoff when it says it does.

They point to the case of Marie Colvin, an American war correspondent who died four years ago in shelling by government forces in the Syrian city of Homs. Ms. Colvins family has filed a wrongful death suit against the Syrian government, alleging that they tracked her movements by monitoring her electronic communications.

Snowden’s iPhone device, known as an introspection engine, aims to prevent surveillance by alerting a user through either messages or an audible alarm to when the radios were transmitting anything when they were intended to be off.

The device would work by using wires run through the SIM card slot to examine electrical signals from the phones two antennas to see if they were transmitting, Wired reports. The SIM card would be moved to another location to make that possible.

On Thursday, Snowden and Huang released a detailed paper explaining the device. Now, they hope to create a prototype and eventually a supply chain in China that could provide the modified iPhones to newsrooms and individual journalists.

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An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Guardian: Director Oliver Stone talked to whistleblower Edward Snowden in front of an audience at a question and answer session on Thursday evening. He compared Snowden’s anxiety over his own appearance in his Snowden biopic film “Snowden” to that of Donald Trump, who was cut from one of his films six years before. Snowden replied: “I’d like to avoid that association.” At the event, Snowden did also shed some light on his personal life, years after his revelation of the NSA’s secret surveillance of the American public’s internet activity resulted in criminal charges under the Espionage Act that led to his exile in Russia. “I can confirm that I am not living in a box,” Snowden said. “I actually live a surprisingly free life. This was not the most likely outcome. I didn’t actually expect to make it out of Hawaii. I thought it was incredibly risky. I had a lot of advantages in doing what I did; I worked for the CIA on the human intelligence side, I worked for the NSA on the signals intelligence side, and I taught counterintelligence. This is not something that’s covered that well in the media. I was about as well placed as anybody could be, and I still thought I was going to get rolled up at the airport and that there were going to be knocks on the doors of the journalists.” When asked what he thought about Gordon-Levitt’s performance in the film where he plays Edward Snowden, Snowden responded: “This is one of the things that’s kind of crazy and surreal about this kind of experience: I don’t think anybody looks forward to having a movie made about themselves, especially someone who is a privacy advocate. Some of my family members have said, ‘He sounds just like you!’ I can’t hear it myself but if he can pass the family test he’s doing all right.” Snowden agreed to participate on the film because he thought it could raise awareness in ways his own advocacy could not. Snowden was also in the news recently for developing a way for potentially imperiled smartphone users to monitor whether their devices are making any potentially compromising radio transmissions.

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Edward Snowden may be persona non grata in the United States, but that didn’t keep the CIA whistleblower from video conferencing in for a Q&A after a private screening of the new biopic about his life at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday.

The 33-year-old computer expert, who gained notoriety when he leaked classified documents detailing the U.S. government’s domestic surveillance programs, called in via Google Hangouts to answer questions about the Oliver Stone-directed film, Snowden.

Snowden, who joined the celebrated director as well as the film’s stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, admitted that he had his reservations about participating in the biopic.

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“I dont think anybody looks forward to having a movie made about yourself, especially a privacy advocate,” Snowden explained.

However, he did endorse the film, and admitted that it’s a fairly accurate portrayal of events. “I didnt think there was a lot of fictionalization,” he shared with the audience.

Snowden also revealed that several of his family members praised Gordon-Levitt’s portrayal, marveling at how much the actor “sounded like him.”

I think it means a lot to have the endorsement of Ed himself,” shared Gordon-Levitt.

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The former CIA employee fled America after absconding with the intel, which he later leaked to the New York Times, and eventually made his way to Russia, where he felt he was safe from the long arm of the U.S. government.

Snowden still resides in Moscow, where he lives with his girlfriend, and revealed during the Q&A, “I actually live a relatively free life.”

Before the private screening, the cast and creator sat down for a panel discussion in Hall H, where Gordon-Levitt talked about traveling to Moscow to meet Snowden face-to-face.

“He’s very polite. I think that’s actually pretty charming. He’s like an old-fashioned gentleman in that way. Really warm. He’s an optimist,” the 35-year-old actor recounted.

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ET caught up with Woodley on the red carpet at SDCC where she opened up about playing Snowden’s girlfriend, Lindsay Mills.

“It was very foreign to me to play someone who is real, because not only am I trying to feel truthful and grounded in the dialogue that Oliver [Stone] and Kieran Fitzgerald, the writers of the film, created, but I’m also trying to pay homage to a living, breathing woman, without knowing that woman,” Woodley admitted. Check out the video below to hear more.

Snowden hits theaters September 16.

Additional reporting by Philiana Ng.

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American whistleblower Edward Snowden delivers a speech during the Roskilde Festival in Denmark last month. Photograph: Scanpix Denmark/Reuters Edward Snowden has helped design a mobile phone case called the introspection engine that, he claims, will show when a smartphone is transmitting information that could be monitored. Presenting via video link to event at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Snowden and co-designer Andrew Bunnie Huang showed how the device connects to a phones different radio transmitters, showing its owner knows when a cellular, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection is being used to share or receive data. Initial mockups of the introspection engine show a small, monochromatic display built into its casing shows whether the phone is dark, or whether it is transmitting, and it also can supply an iPhone with extra battery power and cover the rear-facing camera. It could be developed to act as a sort of kill switch that would disconnect a phones power supply when it detects that a radio is transmitting data after its owner has attempted to turn it off. The device is an academic project and nowhere near ready for the mass market, but could still influence how consumers view the tracking devices otherwise known as smartphones that they rely on every day. Related: Snowden lawyer vows to make new push for pardon from Obama If you have a phone in your pocket thats turned on, a long-lived record of your movements has been created, Snowden said. As a result of the way the cell network functions your device is constantly shouting into the air by means of radio signals a unique identity that validates you to the phone company. And this unique identity is not only saved by that phone company, but it can also be observed as it travels over the air by independent, even more dangerous third parties. Most smartphones disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular transmission when in airplane mode, but Snowden and Huang say that cant be trusted. Malware packages, peddled by hackers at a price accessible by private individuals, can activate radios without any indication from the user interface, they write in their paper on the device. Trusting a phone that has been hacked to go into airplane mode is like trusting a drunk person to judge if they are sober enough to drive. The project is an extension of Snowdens work to inform the public about the surveillance capabilities available to governments around the world. In June 2013 he revealed information about mass surveillance programs from the National Security Agency, where he was a contractor, and he has since become the closest thing digital security has to Neil DeGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye: a recognizable name that can explain these issues in a way the average person can understand. In addition to educating people about security risks, he now wants to help citizens defend themselves if the introspection engine ever becomes a reality. Snowden and Huang say theres no guarantee the device will ever be more than a mockup. Over the coming year, we hope to prototype and verify the introspection engines abilities, they write. As the project is run largely through volunteer efforts on a shoestring budget, it will proceed at a pace reflecting the practical limitations of donated time. If they do receive the proper funding, they could release the device in partnership with the Freedom of the Press Foundation media advocacy group. Snowden said the introspection engine was designed to help protect journalists. One good journalist in the right place at the right time can change history. One good journalist can move the needle in the context of an election. One well-placed journalist can influence the outcome of a war, he said. This makes them a target, and increasingly the tools of their trade [are] being used against them. Our technology is beginning to betray us not just as individuals but as classes of workers, particularly those who are putting a lot on the line in the public interest. Related: The Snowbot: how Edward Snowden gets around his exile Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin was reportedly killed in Syria after government forces were able to trace her position, according to a new lawsuit. Snowden and Huang are concentrating on working with Apples iPhone, but also said the device could be modified to work on other smartphones. Its not immediately clear how Apple will respond to the introspection engine; while it has worked to give consumers security features meant to thwart even sophisticated attackers, the company might not be fond of a device that can separate an iPhone from all networks. Apple has not responded to a request for comment. Still, the connection to Snowden and the rush of attention following MIT Media Labs event might inspire others to work on devices similar to the introspection engine. Even if the tool never becomes more than an interesting subject discussed at an academic conference, it could lead to consumers having more control over what exactly their iPhone is sharing from their pockets.

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Edward Snowden has developed an iPhone case meant to kill …

Concept rendering of Edward Snowden’s antisurveillance device. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has come up with a concept iPhone case that couldprevent the government from finding your location. Smartphones, while incredibly useful, are also the perfect tracking device, Snowden wrote in a co-authoredpaper that covers his research. Governments can monitor a users location through the radio signals from the phone and this can put journalists, activists, and rights workers in danger, he warned. On Thursday, Snowden and hacker Andrew Huang presented a possible solution. Its called the introspection engine, and its designed to alert the user if and when the phones radio signals are turned on. That may sound trivial. Smartphones generally come with an airplane mode that can turn off a phones cellular and Wi-Fi connections. But even that can be misleading, Snowden warned. The GPS, for instance, will still remain active on some handsets, like the iPhone. In the worst-case scenario, malware could also infect the handset to secretly send radio transmissions, he added. Snowdens solution is designed to detect any errant phone signals when the handset is switched into airplane mode. His concept functions like a battery case that can attach to an iPhone, but it also wires into the handsets SIM card slot. A small computer in the case will then detect the handsets radio transmissions. Any unusualactivity can trigger an alarm. A small display embedded on the case can also show updates. To guarantee that no signals are sent out, the case could also built with a kill switch that disconnects power to the phone. Snowden said that he designed the technology to help protect reporters working in dangerous situations. Unfortunately, journalists can be betrayed by their own tools, he added. That may have happened in 2012, when U.S. reporter Marie Colvin was killed while covering the Syrian civil war. A lawsuit alleges that the Syrian government assassinated her by tracking Colvins satellite phone communications to find her location. Snowdens introspection engine, however, is still just a concept. He hopes to develop a prototype over the coming year. The technology will be open source and is meant to easily be applied to other phone models. He and Huang, who authored a book on hacking the Xbox, presented their paper on Thursday at the MIT Media Lab, with Snowden speaking on video from Russia. Michael Kan covers IT, telecommunications, and the Internet for the IDG News Service. More by Michael Kan Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page.

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How the Real Edward Snowden Helped Write the Ending to Oliver …

The Oscar-winning director of the upcoming biopic Snowden and the NSA leaker himself participated in an eye-opening Q&A at San Diegos Comic-Con. The NSAs worst nightmare made his San Diego Comic-Con debut by way of video chat, moments after the first public screening of Oliver StonesSnowden. The FBI actually gets a copy of this talk because were going through Google Hangouts, which unfortunately has a sort of built-in surveillance capability, joked Edward Snowden, his face peering down on a theater full of critics and journalists. He joined Stone and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley from Moscow, his home for the foreseeable future, livefrom the internet. Snowdentracks the NSA analyst as he wrestles with the decision to blow the lid off of the U.S. governments top-secret global surveillance program, an act that made him persona non grata in America and changed history. The telling of this historic expos, co-scripted by Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald, is authorized by Snowden, who appears as himself in the final coda. After a dazzling thriller of a finale right out of a spy flick (which, yes, involves a certain Rubiks cube), Stones larger aims materialize. News footage of President Obama, seen earlier labeling Snowden a 29-year-old hacker, is used to pose a questionthequestionseemingly to the president as much as the public at large: Is Edward Snowden a spy or a whistleblower? A traitor or a hero? Snowden will presumably make its official world premiere in September at the Toronto Film Festival, so bringing a tech-oriented political thriller to a July geekfest filled with superhero fans in spandex cosplay was a curious move. But its official release, timed for a fall Oscar berth, is not slated until Sept. 16. Thursday at Comic-Con, on the same night Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, Stones film highlighted the fact that Obama still has time to pardon Snowden before he leaves office. The opportunistic move of sneaking Snowden into the annual pop culture convention appearance worked. Stone grabbed plenty of attention forSnowdenby likening Pokmon Go to a form of totalitarianism during a panel earlier in the day. But that evening, he told The Daily Beast hes not banking on Obama rescuing Snowden from perma-exile. I asked if the president is likely to even see the film any time soon. I hope so, Stone said. I hope so, but Im holding no hopes on it. Live from the internet, Snowden explained why he got involved in a major motion picture retelling of his life. When there is enough in the public record you dont really get to decide if a movie gets made, he said. Stone was the right director to bring his story to the screen, he said, because nobody tells Oliver what to do, and thats not the case with a lot of studios. Thats a distinguisher that I hope shows through in the final message. He decided to appear in the movie after Stone flew out to film him for bonus materials, he said. In the film, he professes his newfound purpose while seated at a laptop bearing a sticker for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending civil liberties in the digital world. According to Stone, it took nine takes to nail Snowdens scenethe same number of takes it took Trump to film his deleted cameo in Stones Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. I once directed Donald Trump, Stone smiled to the crowd. It was a hard day. The difference between Donald and Edand this is true, I love the man in a weird wayafter every take [Trump] jumped up and said, Wasnt that great? The confidence is unbelievable, and thats whats allowing him to run, Stone continued. I had to say, Donald, I think its great but you know what? I think we can go a little bit better here. Stone also revealed that Snowden made a major contribution to the scripting of the films climaxa nail-biter that depicts exactly how Snowden managed to get away with the stolen files he would eventually release to the world. In the movie, Snowden anxiously downloads files upon files of documents and hides the SD card inside a Rubiks cube. After much suspense, he manages to smuggle the cube out through security, smiling his relief into the open air. Only thats not how he really did it. We dont know, Stone admitted. None of us know. Hes the only one who knows and one day he may reveal. It was Eds idea, his suggestion. We responded to it and ran with it. But it was a good idea. Thank you. Thank You! You are now subscribed to the Daily Digest and Cheat Sheet. We will not share your email with anyone for any reason Snowden did not divulge how that scene really unfolded, but he confirmed that life as an international fugitive isnt all that terrible. I can confirm that Im not living in a box, he said. I actually live a surprisingly free life. This was not the most likely outcome, he added. I didnt actually expect to make it out of Hawaii. I thought it was incredibly risky I never thought I would be saved. But I thought the stories might still be able to get out there. He slammed the U.S. governmentwhich canceled his passport and made traveling impossible in the wake of the leakfor threatening trade sanctions against countries that offered him asylum. Particularly in the case of Ecuador, they literally got a direct threat, I believe from John Kerry, to revoke trade preferences, he said. Trade preferences were basically the thing keeping their economy aliveliterally, for broccoli farmers and rose farmers. These are impoverished, indigenous farmers, and they were like, Were going to make sure these peoples families cant eat if you defend this guys human rights. But this is not a criticism about the United States specifically, although thats heinous in terms of foreign policy, he continued. This is truly about the nature of power. Earlier in the day, Snowden andAndrew Bunnie Huang unveiled plans for a device that would prevent the outside surveillance of cellphones.Were not doing productization, were not doing sales, were not setting up a company or anything like that, Snowden clarified. Just saying anybody who wants to do this, here are our findings. I love my country. I love the things that we try to do, he declared. I have serious policy disagreements with some agencies of government, particularly senior officials. The working level guys by and large are good people trying to do the best they can. But theyre often ordered more or less to do bad things, for what they believe to be a good reason. Speaking from exile in Russia, Snowden seemed content given the circumstances. I dont have to worry about that anymore.

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Edward Snowden appears at secret Comic-Con screening

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Zachary Quinto star in director Oliver Stone’s “Snowden.” Open Road Films Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward Snowden in the biopic “Snowden.”(Photo: Jrgen Olczyk) SAN DIEGO From a world away, Edward Snowden critiqued the guy playing him in the upcoming Snowden as well as his own Hollywoodperformance. Appearing online via a liveGoogle Hangout, the former government contractor who leaked classified National SecurityAgency documents in 2013 and is currently in exile in Moscow joined director Oliver Stone and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley for a Q&A following Thursday’s secret screening at Comic-Con. Snowden (in theaters Sept. 16) features Gordon-Levitt as the famedwhistleblower. The real Snowden praised the actors performance while also admitting that watching the biopic is a crazy and surreal experience. USA TODAY ‘Star Trek’ is ‘Beyond’ cool at Comic-Con premiere I dont think anybody looks forward to having a movie made about themselves, particularly somebody whos a privacy advocate, Snowden said. Some of my family members have said, He sounds just likes you. For me, it sounds weird because the voice in your head is never the same thing, but if he passes the family test, hes doing all right. Added Gordon-Levitt: It means a lot to have the endorsement of Ed himself. The fictionalized drama is as real as it could be, saysSnowden, but some things had to be plotted for the Hollywood story. For example, while its never been disclosed how Snowden sneaked the classified documents out of the Hawaiian ops center he worked at in 2013, in the movie a Rubiks Cube is used to house an SD card filled with information. Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions This is one of the things that I think make it such a challenging story for Oliver to tell because there are some things that simply are not in the public record and wont be in the near future, at least given the precarious nature of my personal situation, explained Snowden. But in a very realistic touch, Snowden himself appears in the movie. Stone reported that it was a gamble difficult for the rookie actor. We did nine takes at least from several angles, and he talks so well in interviews but its so hard for him to become somewhat a third person, Stone said. He got there eventually but it was a hard day. Director Oliver Stone came to Comic-Con for the first time to present his new film “Snowden.”(Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) It reminded Stone of the time he directed Donald Trump in the 2010 sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps for a scene that never made it into the final cut of the film. The difference between Donald and Ed was that, I swear to God this istrue, and I love the man in a weird way, but after every take (Trump)jumped up and he said, Wasnt that great?! And I said, Honestly, no. The confidence is unbelievable. After Snowden chuckled that Im not an actor. he did call Gordon-Levitt and Woodley (who plays Snowdens girlfriend Lindsay Mills) champions forthe public good in reaching a new audience and getting people to talk about important political issues. USA TODAY Comic-Con: Wonder Woman’s legacy on display No ones going to go out and read 3,000 articles thatve been published about this, Snowden said. Theyre not going to be able to scrutinize congressional hearings and testimony. But by watching the lived experiences, the performances of these actors, and then tying it back in that magic Oliver Stone moment, it was something that made me really nervous, but I think he made it work. Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/29ZVAlN

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Edward Snowden Designs Phone Case to Thwart Gov’t Surveillance

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden on Thursday announced the design of a smartphone case that could prevent governments or hackers from accessing information from users’ devices. Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia to avoid prosecution by the U.S. government on espionage charges for taking 1.7 million highly classified documents obtained as part of his job at the National Security Agency, released a paper he wrote with Andrew “Bunnie” Huang on the prototype. The two appeared Thursday at a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Snowden appeared via video feed, McClatchy reports. According to the paper, the case is intended to be used by journalists, human rights workers and others whose movements could be tracked by hostile governments or hackers. Snowden and Huang say that putting a phone in “airplane mode” does not always keep hostile actors from tapping into a phone, but the case would alert users to hacking attempts. “Turning off radios by entering airplane mode is no defense,” they write. “[F]or example, on iPhones since iOS 8.2, GPS is active in airplane mode. Malware packages, peddled by hackers at a price accessible by private individuals, can activate radios without any indication from the user interface; trusting a phone that has been hacked to go into airplane mode is like trusting a drunk person to judge if they are sober enough to drive.” The devise is called an “introspection engine,” they say. “The introspection engine has the capability to alert a reporter of a dangerous situation in real-time. “The core principle is simple: if the reporter expects radios to be off, alert the user when they are turned on.” Snowden and Huang said they aim to have a prototype within the next year and intend to offer it for sale if it works as they expect it to, McClatchy reported. 2016 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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Why Edward Snowden created a device to tell if your iPhone’s …

Three years after he exposed a series of massive government surveillance programs, Edward Snowden is using his expertise to help journalists concerned about government surveillance. Teaming up with Andrew Bunnie Huang, a hacker known for modifying consumer products such as an Xbox, hes working on a device that alerts iPhone users to when their phones’ internal radio antennas are transmitting. By wiring into the iPhones circuitry through its SIM card slot, which stores a user’s personal data, the device could alert users, particularly journalists, about when someone, such as a foreign government, is listening in. One good journalist in the right place at the right time can change history, Mr. Snowden told a crowd at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass., on Thursday, speaking via video stream, Wired reports. This makes them a target, and increasingly tools of their trade are being used against them. The device, which is still in the design stage, is also intended to be a much more trustworthy method of determining whether the phones radios are off rather than the airplane mode, which can be hacked and made to look as if it is not transmitting. Even turning an iPhone off entirely isnt foolproof, because some malicious software can make the phone appear to be off when it is actually transmitting data, Snowden claimed in a 2014 NBC interview. For journalists, especially those working in foreign countries, the phones ubiquity as portable cameras, recording devices, and notepads make them particularly vulnerable to sophisticated spying technology, Snowden and Mr. Huang say. In a report last year, the Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of the US members of the nonprofit Investigative Reporters and Editors organization said they suspected the American government has collecteddata about their phone calls, emails, and online communications. I figure everything I do is tracked, watched, stored and shared and if ever the government, or hackers, wanted to know or expose everything I do, they could and would, one journalist told Pew. Scary, but Im resigned to it. For some journalists, those concerns had affected how they communicated with their sources, Pew found. The anti-spying device is particularly geared toward reporters working overseas, Huang told Wired, with journalists covering conflicts in Syria and Iraq, for example, facing increased risks. Our approach is:state-level adversaries are powerful, assume the phone iscompromised, he told Wired. Lets look at hardware-related signals that are extremely difficult to fake. We wantto give a you-bet-your-life assurancethat thephone actuallyhas its radiosoff when it says it does. They point to the case of Marie Colvin, an American war correspondent who died four years ago in shelling by government forces in the Syrian city of Homs. Ms. Colvins family has filed a wrongful death suit against the Syrian government, alleging that they tracked her movements by monitoring her electronic communications. Snowden’s iPhone device, known as an introspection engine, aims to prevent surveillance by alerting a user through either messages or an audible alarm to when the radios were transmitting anything when they were intended to be off. The device would work by using wires run through the SIM card slot to examine electrical signals from the phones two antennas to see if they were transmitting, Wired reports. The SIM card would be moved to another location to make that possible. On Thursday, Snowden and Huang released a detailed paper explaining the device. Now, they hope to create a prototype and eventually a supply chain in China that could provide the modified iPhones to newsrooms and individual journalists.

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Edward Snowden At Comic-Con: ‘I Live a Surprisingly Free Life’

An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Guardian: Director Oliver Stone talked to whistleblower Edward Snowden in front of an audience at a question and answer session on Thursday evening. He compared Snowden’s anxiety over his own appearance in his Snowden biopic film “Snowden” to that of Donald Trump, who was cut from one of his films six years before. Snowden replied: “I’d like to avoid that association.” At the event, Snowden did also shed some light on his personal life, years after his revelation of the NSA’s secret surveillance of the American public’s internet activity resulted in criminal charges under the Espionage Act that led to his exile in Russia. “I can confirm that I am not living in a box,” Snowden said. “I actually live a surprisingly free life. This was not the most likely outcome. I didn’t actually expect to make it out of Hawaii. I thought it was incredibly risky. I had a lot of advantages in doing what I did; I worked for the CIA on the human intelligence side, I worked for the NSA on the signals intelligence side, and I taught counterintelligence. This is not something that’s covered that well in the media. I was about as well placed as anybody could be, and I still thought I was going to get rolled up at the airport and that there were going to be knocks on the doors of the journalists.” When asked what he thought about Gordon-Levitt’s performance in the film where he plays Edward Snowden, Snowden responded: “This is one of the things that’s kind of crazy and surreal about this kind of experience: I don’t think anybody looks forward to having a movie made about themselves, especially someone who is a privacy advocate. Some of my family members have said, ‘He sounds just like you!’ I can’t hear it myself but if he can pass the family test he’s doing all right.” Snowden agreed to participate on the film because he thought it could raise awareness in ways his own advocacy could not. Snowden was also in the news recently for developing a way for potentially imperiled smartphone users to monitor whether their devices are making any potentially compromising radio transmissions.

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Edward Snowden Joins Oliver Stone and ‘Snowden’ Cast Via …

Edward Snowden may be persona non grata in the United States, but that didn’t keep the CIA whistleblower from video conferencing in for a Q&A after a private screening of the new biopic about his life at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday. The 33-year-old computer expert, who gained notoriety when he leaked classified documents detailing the U.S. government’s domestic surveillance programs, called in via Google Hangouts to answer questions about the Oliver Stone-directed film, Snowden. Snowden, who joined the celebrated director as well as the film’s stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, admitted that he had his reservations about participating in the biopic. WATCH: ‘Snowden’ Cast Talk Politics and Pokmon Go at Comic-Con: ‘It’s a New Level of Invasion’ “I dont think anybody looks forward to having a movie made about yourself, especially a privacy advocate,” Snowden explained. However, he did endorse the film, and admitted that it’s a fairly accurate portrayal of events. “I didnt think there was a lot of fictionalization,” he shared with the audience. Snowden also revealed that several of his family members praised Gordon-Levitt’s portrayal, marveling at how much the actor “sounded like him.” I think it means a lot to have the endorsement of Ed himself,” shared Gordon-Levitt. PHOTOS: Stars Take On Real-Life Roles The former CIA employee fled America after absconding with the intel, which he later leaked to the New York Times, and eventually made his way to Russia, where he felt he was safe from the long arm of the U.S. government. Snowden still resides in Moscow, where he lives with his girlfriend, and revealed during the Q&A, “I actually live a relatively free life.” Before the private screening, the cast and creator sat down for a panel discussion in Hall H, where Gordon-Levitt talked about traveling to Moscow to meet Snowden face-to-face. “He’s very polite. I think that’s actually pretty charming. He’s like an old-fashioned gentleman in that way. Really warm. He’s an optimist,” the 35-year-old actor recounted. PHOTOS: See the Stars at San Diego Comic-Con 2016! ET caught up with Woodley on the red carpet at SDCC where she opened up about playing Snowden’s girlfriend, Lindsay Mills. “It was very foreign to me to play someone who is real, because not only am I trying to feel truthful and grounded in the dialogue that Oliver [Stone] and Kieran Fitzgerald, the writers of the film, created, but I’m also trying to pay homage to a living, breathing woman, without knowing that woman,” Woodley admitted. Check out the video below to hear more. Snowden hits theaters September 16. Additional reporting by Philiana Ng.

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