Perhaps it was done using a phone app after all
The mystery over how exactly the USA NSA actually managed to tap German Chancellor, Angela Merkel’s mobile phone is very definitely deepening. Especially since it has emerged that – as a former East Germany resident, Merkel was all too familiar with the possibility of eavesdropping. Reportedly, as a result of this she had purchased 10,000 ‘encrypted’ handsets for herself and her staff to replace her original Nokia handset. The German publication Der Spiegel claims the surveillance took place via a special antennae dubbed ‘Einstein’. But that’s straightforward eavsdropping. So maybe there was spyware on her phone after all.
Der Spiegel’s claim points to spies sitting in a room near her office listening in. Whereas true phone tapping provides full conversations and call logs wherever the handset is.
Given that Merkel reportedly bought 10,000 of them, GoMo Newsbelieves the Chancellor merely switched over to the more secure BlackBerry from Nokias.
Are there any fonebois or handset freaks amongst our readers who can blow the picture of Ms Merkel up and guess the handset? That would solve part of the puzzle.
Very swiftly, GoMo News also found encryption software on sale via the Internet (based on Israeli military technology, naturally) called Gold Lock.
The beauty of this software is that it runs on virtually every type of handset, so you can deploy it without having to get anyone change their hardware.
Such encryption software would defeat attempts to tap Ms Merkel’s calls via the actual cellular network itself.
So, GoMo News has returned to the theory that secret agents might have been able to install a spyware app on the Chancellor phone.
Hence, we decided to test the theory and discovered an app for Android and iPhone called RioSpy which is actually free.
The app was downloaded (it isn’t available on Google Play) from here and installed on our loan CAT B15 handset.
The maker claims RioSPY supports iPhone 3G, 3G[S], 4, 4S and iPhone 5, and Android 2.x-4.x, by the way.
This app didn’t report RioSpy per se but it did highlight the existence of a file which if you had followed it up would hav eventually led you to RioSpy.
Given that all of this is free, we reckon that with the USA’s powerful software industry you could easily obtain an app which was truly 100 per cent undetectable.
Unlike RioSpy which claims this but isn’t foolproof.
In summary, therefore, GoMo News has gone back to the spy app on a mobile handset theory until more clear evidence to the contrary emerges.