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Can the NSA Remotely Turn On Mobile Phones?

30
May
2014

Is it possible for the National Security Agency (NSA) to remotely power up a mobile phone and use it as a listening device? In an interview that aired last night (May 28), American NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told NBCs Brian Williams that the agency can. Can anyone turn it on remotely if its off? Williams asked Snowden, referring to the burner smartphone Williams used for travel to Russia.

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