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‘Introspection Engine’ a Protective Device for iPhones

According to Wired's reports, Andrew Bunnie Huang a hardware hacker together with Snowden delivered a lecture for an audience gathered in MIT Media Lab about a device the two experts plan to construct which will intercept the internal functioning of an iPhone so that any incoming electrical signal for that iPhone can be monitored. The process therefore, writes Wired, would make the device provide continual checks for the mobile owners regarding if the radios on their iPhones have sent any signal. Appropriately named "Introspection Engine," the device, its inventors think, would protect the smart-phone owners from sponsored spying, especially, if the latter are journalists who venture into antagonistic countries.

Further, Snowden and Huang are considering appending their 'introspection engine' to the iPhone 6 model. Albeit functioning like any ordinary battery on the iPhone's exterior, the novel device would really creep inside the iPhone via the SIM card holder for reaching the mobile phone's circuit board and accessing its test points.

More specifically, the device looks like one case extension which appends to the holder of the SIM card as well as then to the inner wire arrangement. Alternatively, the introspection engine device will contain a slot for the mobile owner to fit his SIM while keep on utilizing his smart-phone's functioning.

In the past, instances have occurred when nation state sponsored hackers infected people's mobile phones with malware that would trigger the radio signaling function in the mobile even as the mobile owner wouldn't realize what had happened to his phone, reports Softpedia.com.

As of now, 'introspection engine' isn't anything but an imagination; however, Huang and Snowden are getting ready for creating a prototype in 2017. They would then proceed for arranging the trial product's supply from China for reporters and journalists owning iPhones.

The device would look like one hefty case working like an extension inside the iPhone while the phone's reverse side would contain one monochrome screen displaying alerts whenever the mobile owner's phone is in any danger. The inventors plan to include certain kind of switch that will turn off the phone if its radio signaling unnecessarily gets activated.

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