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"Snowden said commercial malware such as Pegasus was so powerful that ordinary people could in effect do nothing to stop it. Asked how people could protect themselves, he said: “What can people do to protect themselves from nuclear weapons?"

theguardian.com/news/2021/jul/

@davidoclubb I wonder if the vulnerabilities are at the operating system level, or whether they go deeper? Great news if all we (geeks) have to do is switch to a more obscure mobile OS but:

1. That's not currently a viable solution for most people

2. If it were, they'd find a way to hack different OS's

3. If it's on the hardware level, every phone accepts SMS

🤔

@dajbelshaw @davidoclubb UAE states have government mandated backdoors in their OS'. Which is who pegasus was being sold to.

Think of the natural progression of EU's chatcontrol.

@icedquinn @davidoclubb

Yeah, I remember when my dad was in the UAE and how hard it could be to communicate with him securely 😔

@icedquinn

Please go and check what are the levels of Internet surveillance in the current home country of Snowden

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SORM

@dajbelshaw @davidoclubb

@kravietz @dajbelshaw @davidoclubb
> lawful intercept
yeah it's not great in other occupied nations but its significantly better when you step out of the UAE.

@dajbelshaw shows the importance of #opensource hardware for sure.

Also I think I could probably live without a SIM card these days if I had to, though life without 4g is difficult to imagine 😂

@davidoclubb @dajbelshaw wouldn’t it be easiest to just hack into the cellular network and track all the messages for a target flowing through it?

@dajbelshaw

Can you remind where exactly Snowden is living right now? 🤔

@dajbelshaw

A bit melodramatic, no? We can start a bonfire and burn our bloody phones and gadgets. The Incas built Machu Picchu very well without them.

I assume we can manage

@AlohaPilgrim let's rebuild Machu Picchu, but instead of massive boulders, we use iPhones 🤣

@dajbelshaw

@dajbelshaw Comparing surveillance to nukes is stupid. There is a lot of simple stuff folks can do to not be a victim. But as this is mostly not too comfortable, and most people are lazy, people get snooped on.
One example of a simple measure is Oversec, which adds encryption to any normal app. Nobody uses it.

@dajbelshaw
If you don't care, you don't know, you follow the piper.
Humans can learn, if they care to read.

@rudolf I literally write about privacy stuff and your toot is the first I'm hearing of it.

(and I went through almost every app in F-Droid the other day!)

@dajbelshaw
Ok.
Install Netguard.
Use a file manager that shows your apps. Sort by date. Look for what you don't expect.
Download your apps from Apkmirror. Compare them with those from the file manager.
This is a simple chore. Tell me how a bad App can beat this.

@rudolf You're literally suggesting an app that can read data from every app? No thanks.

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