Edward Snowden is designing a phone case that will hinder phone surveillance

Ali Zain 11:53 AM | 22 Jul, 2016
Edward Snowden is designing a phone case that will hinder phone surveillance
MASSACHUSETTS - Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who shocked the whole world a few years ago by revealing the US security agencies' secret surveillance program, and IT expert Andrew Bunnie Huang have designed a phone case - called an 'introspection engine' - that will warn users if their phones are being tapped.

Addressing an event at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) via video link, Snowden said that by using radio transmissions to silently turn on phone microphones or cameras, smartphones could still be monitored by government and 'third parties', even when they were switched off or in airplane mode.

The 'introspection engine' case connects to the two antennas in the phone through the sim card slot, and alerts the owner if any cellular, Bluetooth or WiFi signals were being transmitted even after being turned off. The case also provides an extra battery for Iphones and a cover for the rear-end camera.

The design could be upgraded to become a 'kill switch' which will cut the power supply to the phone if the device is still transmitting signals even after the owner has turned it off.

The case is still in the design phase, however, observers are confident that a prototype will be released soon.

Ex-NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden is the whistler blower who leaked the truth behind UK and USA's surveillance program in June 2013.

Another report, based on his revelations, later revealed that the NSA had tapped directly into 9 internet firms including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo to keep track of online communications under a surveillance operation called Prism.

Charged with theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence, Edward Snowden is wanted by the US government.

He currently resides in Russia on political asylum.

Ali Zain
Ali Zain

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430


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