Government Spooks Can Use Mic, Camera On Trump's Phone (Even When He Thinks It's Turned Off)

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Via Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

After reading this article you might not ever view your electronic devices the same way again.  Last year, Hollywood released a biographical political thriller based on the life of Edward Snowden that had one particularly creepy scene.  In that scene, a government spook used a program to remotely activate the microphone and camera on a laptop, and by doing so he was able to watch a woman as she got undressed.  Sadly, as you will see below, this kind of thing is happening constantly.  Any digital device can potentially be accessed and used to spy on you even if it appears to be turned off.  And this is why Donald Trump needs to be so careful right now, because the intelligence community wants to take him down and they can literally use any digital device in his possession to try to gather dirt on him.  We have a “deep state” that is absolutely obsessed with watching, tracking and monitoring the American people, and something desperately needs to be done about this unconstitutional surveillance.  Now that Trump has become greatly upset about how the government was tapping into his phone calls, maybe something will finally get accomplished.

In an article that I just published on The Most Important News, I talked about the NSA’s brand new two billion dollar data storage facility in Utah that can store up to five zettabytes of data.  Secret “electronic monitoring rooms” embedded within the facilities of major communications companies across the United States send an endless flow of digital information to this facility, and most Americans have no idea that this is even happening.  The following comes from Wired

Before yottabytes of data from the deep web and elsewhere can begin piling up inside the servers of the NSA’s new center, they must be collected. To better accomplish that, the agency has undergone the largest building boom in its history, including installing secret electronic monitoring rooms in major US telecom facilities. Controlled by the NSA, these highly secured spaces are where the agency taps into the US communications networks, a practice that came to light during the Bush years but was never acknowledged by the agency. The broad outlines of the so-called warrantless-wiretapping program have long been exposed—how the NSA secretly and illegally bypassed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which was supposed to oversee and authorize highly targeted domestic eavesdropping; how the program allowed wholesale monitoring of millions of American phone calls and email. In the wake of the program’s exposure, Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which largely made the practices legal. Telecoms that had agreed to participate in the illegal activity were granted immunity from prosecution and lawsuits.

Whistleblowers have come forward again and again to warn us about what was happening, but they have largely been ignored.  One of the most prominent whistleblowers was former NSA employee William Binney

Binney left the NSA in late 2001, shortly after the agency launched its warrantless-wiretapping program. “They violated the Constitution setting it up,” he says bluntly. “But they didn’t care. They were going to do it anyway, and they were going to crucify anyone who stood in the way. When they started violating the Constitution, I couldn’t stay.” Binney says Stellar Wind was far larger than has been publicly disclosed and included not just eavesdropping on domestic phone calls but the inspection of domestic email. At the outset the program recorded 320 million calls a day, he says, which represented about 73 to 80 percent of the total volume of the agency’s worldwide intercepts. The haul only grew from there.

Can you imagine recording 320 million phone calls a day?

And that was at the beginning of the program – I can’t even imagine what the number must be these days.

But even if you aren’t using your phone government spooks can still potentially be listening to you.  The following comes from a CNN article entitled “How the NSA can ‘turn on’ your phone remotely“…

Government spies can set up their own miniature cell network tower. Your phone automatically connects to it. Now, that tower’s radio waves send a command to your phone’s antennae: the baseband chip. That tells your phone to fake any shutdown and stay on.


A smart hack won’t keep your phone running at 100%, though. Spies could keep your phone on standby and just use the microphone — or send pings announcing your location.


John Pirc, who did cybersecurity research at the CIA, said these methods — and others, like physically bugging devices — let the U.S. hijack and reawaken terrorists’ phones.

Unfortunately, these tactics are not just used against “terrorists”.

The truth is that these tactics are employed against anyone that the NSA is interested in, and in fact they could be listening to you right now.

Thanks to Edward Snowden, we have learned quite a bit about how the NSA takes over digital devices…

The latest story from the Edward Snowden leaks yesterday drives home that the NSA and its spy partners possess specialized tools for doing exactly that. According to The Intercept, the NSA uses a plug-in called GUMFISH to take over cameras on infected machines and snap photos.


Another NSA plug-in called CAPTIVATEDAUDIENCE hijacks the microphone on targeted computers to record conversations.


Intelligence agencies have been turning computers into listening devices for at least a decade, as evidenced by the Flame spy tool uncovered by Kaspersky Lab in 2012, which had the ability to surreptitiously turn on webcams and microphones and perform a host of other espionage operations.

So what can you do to prevent this from happening?

If you have external webcams and microphones, you can unplug them when they are not in use.

If you have a built-in camera, some have suggested covering the camera with a sticker.

And of course pulling out the battery entirely will prevent someone from taking over your phone when you are not using it.

But at the end of the day, it is going to be really hard to keep government spooks out of your electronic devices completely.  They have become extremely sophisticated at using these devices to get what they want, and they will literally go after just about anyone.

For example, just consider what they did to former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson.  In her recent book, she details a campaign of digital harassment that sounds like something out of a spy novel.  The following comes from the Washington Post

The breaches on Attkisson’s computer, says this source, are coming from a “sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency, or the National Security Agency (NSA).” Attkisson learns from “Number One” that one intrusion was launched from the WiFi at a Ritz Carlton Hotel and the “intruders discovered my Skype account handle, stole the password, activated the audio, and made heavy use of it, presumably as a listening tool.”


To round out the revelations of “Number One,” he informs Attkisson that he’d found three classified documents deep inside her operating system, such that she’d never know they were even there. “Why? To frame me?” Attkisson asks in the book.

If they can do all of that to Sharyl Attkisson, they can do it to Donald Trump too.

Trump needs to understand that the deep state is trying to destroy him, and that everything that he says and does is being monitored.

So until Trump can completely clean house at all of our intelligence agencies, he is going to have to be extremely careful 24 hours a day.

And let us hope that Trump is ultimately victorious in his struggle against the deep state, because the future of this nation is literally hanging in the balance.

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vato poco's picture

time to get reeeeeal paranoid, Big Don.

no, more paranoid than that.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) vato poco Mar 6, 2017 6:37 PM

"Government Spooks Can Use Mic, Camera On Trump's Phone (Even When He Thinks It's Turned Off)"

No they can't. Take the battery out when you turn it off. Problem solved.

Bigly's picture

Samsung S5, I miss thee

Good luck with 99% of phones now....

Paper Boy's picture
Paper Boy (not verified) Bigly Mar 6, 2017 6:39 PM

Paper Boy would love to see Trump shouldering an Analog POTS 500 Class Rotary-Dial Fone.

BurningFuld's picture

The Donald needs to blow up a big fat BC Buddy.  That will get him a little more paranoid. dy

SafelyGraze's picture

hello, google?


come in please?

are you listening?


weburke's picture

Amazing how they keep the real secret secret.

weburke's picture

They know most all people are not interesting.

tmosley's picture

Suspect Trump's phone has had its mic and camera disconnected. Probably GPS as well. Maybe even disconnected its 3G, so that it only connects to the WH WiFi so it can't even be used to track his movements.

Recall the phone was taken away, and then returned later. By disabling these other features, they allow him to tweet. They can compromise the phone all they want, but the most they could do is interfere with said tweets. No other business is carried out on that phone.

At least, that is how I would set it up.

BarkingCat's picture

Who are they and who do they work for??

BLOTTO's picture

'They' work for an ancient satanic kabbal thats been ruling the planet since day 1.


They use sacred geometry, astrology and numerology to flex their signs and communicate.


Their messages are hidden in plain sight.

TwelveOhOne's picture

"Who is your dahddy and waht does he do?"

Doom Porn Star's picture

I was under the impression that the POTUS are issued specially sourced communications devices with encryption that are routed to specialized network nodes before any access to outside world and are managed by top-notch IT professionals.

...Or the phone could be an off the shelf android POS and the Oval Office server could be in the bathroom closet and the backup on a freebie gmail dump as that was how the last occupants of the Executive 'secured' their comm.


thecondor's picture

Most modern day phones that are not complete shit (and can be secured) require disassembly to ge the battery out.  Best way for trump not to be surveiled by phone is to throw his phone into a toilet.  If he needs a phone, he should get a Blackberry Phone running BB10 OS.  (yes BB still makes phones and is still in business and makes the most secure phone there is in regards to common phones). But they do not have a native twitter app (which trump uses all day) so I would go with a BlackBerry Priv or KeyOne running secure Android.  They are more secure than iPhone and any Android.   

BarkingCat's picture

Merkel was using a BlackBerry when the NSA spied on her.

BlackBerry is Canadian, I don't trust them one bit.

TeethVillage88s's picture

US Army seemed to be in love with the Black Berry during the years of the Iraqi Freedom campaign.

- Technology changes
- Spying gets reveled
- I don't know shit here

But Blackberry has developed along with their competition.

I would think the US Army would pay and incentivize Blackberry to fix problems with COMSEC.

chubbar's picture

If Trump doesn't have highly vetted officials from Intel,DOJ,DHS and all the other agencies down in the war room, completely cut off from the world and prying eyes/ears, gaming how the deep state is going to fuck him and more importantly how to shut them down permanently, he isn't the leader I took him for.

TAALR Swift's picture

Not possible if you have an iPhone or the new Samsung phones, whose batteries cannot be removed. 

Also not good with other smart phones, because there is a tiny backup battery hidden.

The fastest solution for all phones, is to keep a sheet of aluminum foil handy, and wrap it up in ~7 sec. Do it, and see if if can still receive phone calls, if in doubt.

Preppers will want to keep a metal ammo box in their vehicle. Done in 3 seconds.

Socratic Dog's picture

Does the shield not have to be grounded? 

TwelveOhOne's picture

Apparently; the quick test didn't work.  I didn't try grounding it.

ich1baN's picture

Not only can I not eat my iPhone but I can't take the battery out either; rats!

knukles's picture

Some newer gens that won't work because the GPS, etc, have a second battery.
Just wrap it in foil.
Better yet use an old flip phone.... and yes, if you look for ads in old folks magazines, etc., used to be you could find some old school basic phones with nothing but a phone.  With BIG buttons.

MaxThrust's picture

"Take the battery out when you turn it off"

Not easy on the Iphone. It's why they designed it this way. Best thing is to rap aluminum foil around the phone and that way any signal is block from accessing the phone.

You can buy a special ciggarette case for the iphone that blocks signals and is slim in design.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) MaxThrust Mar 7, 2017 10:34 AM

Good points. I'm still in the old school Samsung S5 world where the battery is easy to pull out and no alternate batteries inside.

This seems like a great business opportunity for a company that wants to sell smart phones that aren't bugging devices. Just put plain Linux on it and allow the user/owner to block apps from accessing all of your info.

TeamDepends's picture

"There's a commie watching you when you've been good. There's a commie watching when you've been bad. Especially when bad, they love that shit."

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Pardon Snowden.


As for the phone, he can wrap that fucker in foil for temporary privacy. As long as the foil forms a conductive surface which surrounds the phone completely, it becomes a Faraday cage, isolating what's inside from electromagnetic fields on the outside.

buzzsaw99's picture

a tinfoil hat keeps them from reading your brain

TeamDepends's picture

The Gold Medal, we were right all along.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Shemp 4 Victory Mar 6, 2017 6:38 PM

Faraday cage.

Fascal rascal's picture
Fascal rascal (not verified) LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD Mar 6, 2017 6:50 PM

Double tap

Fascal rascal's picture
Fascal rascal (not verified) LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD Mar 6, 2017 6:50 PM


YourAverageJoe's picture

Doesn't it have to be grounded?

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) YourAverageJoe Mar 6, 2017 6:43 PM


bluskyes's picture

I think grounding is just needed for emp protection.

TheEndIsNear's picture

No, not necessary at all. Although since tinfoil is not a superconductor, if the emp or other signal being protected against is very strong, then multiple layers or a thicker conductive material might be needed.

Dragon HAwk's picture

Everybody needs a few popcorn cans laying around. store your two ways etc inside


jmack's picture

Gee, if only Trump had the power to do something about all this surveillance....

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Trumps action, or inaction, on this issue will be quite telling, indeed.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) hedgeless_horseman Mar 6, 2017 8:48 PM

Pardon Snowden and replace MacMaster with him.

Bring Assange in too.

Trump needs to replace all his traitors with these kind of soldiers.

Bring people in from alt media, they guy who ran against Ryan in WI-Nehlan, Pat Buchanan, Paul Craig Roberts, some social media guys, people like that.

FIRE EVERYONE start with Kushner and Ivanka the professional Jew and his sidekick.

Sorry Don, time to get real.

hannah's picture

the nsa has a small camera mounted in hillary's suppositories.....they can see up her ass at any time...!

unsafe-space-time's picture

Pardon himself. Dismantle all .gov agencies if you want to last. I'd rather have kgb than cia. Executive orders need to keep coming. Need 10 per day minimum

FX223's picture

Dear president, I have a strip of tape on my phone's camera going on 3 years now...any important conversation the phone stays in another room or worst case, under my leg.

The critters are everywhere!