/ Apple working on an anti-snooping tech to secure iPhone users’ privacy

Hindustan Times : Mar 11, 2019, 02:30 PM

Apple has patented the technology that encrypts information between an iPhone and a mobile network. Apple is working on an anti-snooping technology that will prevent law enforcement agencies from tracking mobile phone users’ locations or read their messages. The iPhone maker has patented the technology that encrypts information between an iPhone and a mobile network. Stingrays can be exploited by hackers, too.

Apple is working on an anti-snooping technology that will prevent law enforcement agencies from tracking mobile phone users’ locations or read their messages.

According to a report in The Telegraph on Sunday, the iPhone maker has patented the technology that encrypts information between an iPhone and a mobile network.

“The technology would hinder so-called ‘Stingray’ boxes, which mimic phone masts and can be used to track phone users’ locations and listen in on phone calls,” said the report.

Stingrays can be exploited by hackers, too, to access mobile users’ data.

The Apple technology would put end-to-end encryption to a phone’s unique ID, thus inhibiting the use of “Stingray” boxes used to track users’ locations.

Also known as “IMSI” catchers, “Stingrays” are used by some police forces in Britain but the extent of their use has not been revealed.