Cell phone wiretapping roundup

Matt Blaze wrote a nice roundup about cell phone wiretapping and tracking. As some of these techniques are already well known by interested individuals, I just want to add another method which at least seems imaginable.

As modern smart phones are basically personal computers, it shouldn’t be that difficult for some agencies to exploit them in order to place some nice malware on the phone. So it’s perfectly imaginable to leave the cellular radio running and registering with the cell network even after the off button has been pushed and the phone appears to be off. For that reason don’t be surprised when you discover you’ve been tracked and spied on while carrying a power-off cell phone with a battery in it.

Welcome to the YourPrivateVPN news blog

More than half a year the NSA scandal is running. More than half a year in particular the British Guardian and the New York Times are publishing further details from the Snowden documents. Despite this we are not experiencing any statistically significant reactions from this. There are no mountains of discarded smart phones and most people continue to use their well monitored emails from Google, Yahoo and other questionable services.


As I am with YourPrivateVPN for almost five years now, privacy and electronic surveillance has always been a major concern for me. Often I am aware of new developments and interesting details which will never make it to the big news sites or will be published when its already the oldest story in the book.


This is why I decided to start this blog. If I come across some interesting security related stuff I will drop a note here. Please feel free to follow me on my journey or comment on any topic you like.