Just when you thought you’d heard the last of Edward Snowden, he surprises everyone and pops back up in the media. Now, he’s revealed something that intelligence agencies around the world are unlikely to appreciate.
The former National Security Agency contractor who exposed U.S. government surveillance programs by disclosing classified material in 2013 has a new job: app developer, AP News reported.
Edward Snowden says it’s an open-source tool designed for human rights activists and other people at risk and it uses an Android phone’s sensors to detect changes in a room.
The software was developed with the Freedom of Press Foundation and the Guardian Project.
It has been greeted with mixed social media reactions, with some people celebrating its security capabilities and others saying they don’t trust Snowden.
In a video message, Snowden unveiled a new phone app he helped create, called Haven, that aims to protect laptops from physical tampering. (See video below.)
He says it’s an open-source tool designed for human rights activists and other people at risk and it uses an Android phone’s sensors to detect changes in a room, according to Phys.org
According to The Freedom of the Press Foundation, Haven is for people who need a way to protect their personal spaces and possessions without compromising their own privacy.
It is an Android application that leverages on-device sensors to provide monitoring and protection of physical spaces.
Haven turns any Android phone into a motion, sound, vibration and light detector, watching for unexpected guests and unwanted intruders. We designed Haven for investigative journalists, human rights defenders, and people at risk of forced disappearance to create a new kind of herd immunity.
By combining the array of sensors found in any smartphone, with the world’s most secure communications technologies, like Signal and Tor, Haven prevents the worst kind of people from silencing citizens without getting caught in the act.
Snowden has lived in Russia since 2013, when the country gave him asylum, resisting US pressure to extradite him.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 26th, 2017
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