Snowden Says GCHQ Has Power To Hack Into Phones

UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the power to hack into phones without letting the owners know, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said.

In an interview to BBC, Snowden said Smartphone users can do very little to stop security services from getting total control over their devices.

According to Snowden, GCHQ can gain access to a handset by sending it an encrypted text message. It can be used for things like taking pictures and listening in.

Snowden, who was previously employed with the US National Security Agency, is in Moscow since 2013. He fled there after leaking to the media details of internet and phone surveillance by the NSA.

He said both GCHQ and NSA had invested heavily in technology, which has given them the ability to hack smartphones. However, both agencies are not interested in mass-monitoring of citizens' private communications, he added.

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