News From The World Of Government Spyware

We have gotten a report that the commercial/government spyware system FinFisher has themselves been hacked and that documents, code, etc. have been posted online. Our friends who have looked at some of these leaked documents have told us that they have a module using some set of malware to get to the video camera of a cell phone. We have been told that there are decode modules for pictures and video of a variety of systems including Silent Phone.

Our understanding is that this is a compromise of the base system itself, and not our apps or services. We also understand that this requires a jail broken or rooted device to work at all. We are evaluating our software and systems to see if there is anything we need to do ourselves. We will let you know more as we do.

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Jon Callas

CTO and Co-Founder at Silent Circle and Board Member for Blackphone. Inventor, cryptographer, entrepreneur. Co-founder of PGP Corporation, designer of security products that have won major innovation awards from The Wall Street Journal and others. Creator of encryption products currently used around the World such as Apple’s Whole Disk Encryption, PGP Universal Server, and several others. Jon is considered to be one of the top cryptographers and security software engineers in the world and is a sought-after industry keynote speaker.

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