The new Edward Snowden’s app turns your old mobile into a surveillance system to protect your data
Edward Snowden , the former NSA employee who in 2013 released confidential documents from agencies related to domestic surveillance and espionage programs, has just launched his new application: its name is Haven and it turns an old Android into a home surveillance system.
Haven was developed by The Guardian Project, a joint project of the nonprofit Freedom of the Press Foundation and Edward Snowden. Basically the app allows you to convert an Android phone into an intrusion detection system to protect your office, your computer or anything else you wish to protect, taking advantage of the mobile’s light and motion sensors.
For example, it is possible to configure the phone to detect movement or light change in a room that no one should access, and in doing so, it will send the owner a notification via text messages or the secure messaging application.
According to Micah Lee , one of the developers:
“Here’s how Haven might work: You lock your laptop in a hotel safe — not a secure move on its own — and place your Haven phone on top of it. If someone opens the safe while you’re away, the phone’s light meter might detect a change in lighting, its microphone might hear the safe open (and even the attacker speak), its accelerometer might detect motion if the attacker moves the laptop, and its camera might even capture a snapshot of the attacker’s face. The Haven app will log all of this evidence locally on the Android device.”
Of course, this means that the Android phone you use for Haven would be limited to just that application, since you would always have to leave your mobile in that room or near that device or file that you want to protect. The idea of The Guardian Project is for the app to help journalists protect their data and research.
You can download the beta Haven for Android from this link .
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