My first emotion was one of skepticism, followed by a rush of fear, which was quickly replaced by a simple question: “I wonder what they do with all those photos and videos?” I mean, do NSA agents and hackers sit around and laugh at hacked videos and photos? Do they share them online? And, importantly what do they see when they hack someone’s iPhone camera? I have an idea.
It’s Not A Pretty Picture
What I decided to do was hack my own iPhone to see what the NSA agents and hackers would see if they had reason to view my life through my iPhone’s camera.
It’s not a pretty picture. No, seriously. It’s not pretty at all. Think about what your iPhone’s camera sees whether you’re using it or not.
This is what I think the NSA agents and hackers would see if they cracked my iPhone and decided to activate the camera, either for photos or videos.
Here’s my iPhone on the way to my ear as I make a call.
Sure, that’s a big turn on.
I suppose it’s possible to hack into my iPhone’s camera and get a snapshot or video clip while I’m driving in my car to work. I usually lay the iPhone down on the car’s center console, so this is likely what a hacker would see.
We live in a house which has a large family room with a skylight. If I’m not using my iPhone it’s usually taking up residence on a table near the sofa.
Here’s what a hacker would see.
For the life of me I cannot figure out what it is about my mundane life that would be of interest to an NSA agent or a hacker who had access to my iPhone’s camera.
Wait a minute. Even government agents or scurrilous hackers have a prurient interest. At night, while I’m sleeping in bed, I park my iPhone in a little dock on a dresser at the end of my bed.
That’s what those hacking scumbags are after.
Oh, the shame of it all.
We’re a mobile couple so it’s possible that a hacker could capture photos while either me or my husband are talking on the phone. What would a hacker see if I’m driving and my husband is using his iPhone to make a call?
Just the other morning, even before I got out of bed to start the day, I received a call on my iPhone.
I didn’t recognize the number and when I answered it all I heard was silence. No sound. No voice. Just silence. That’s probably when the NSA agent or Russian hacker took control of my iPhone’s camera.
That explains how this photo of my husband made it to Facebook.
The iPhone 6 Plus sure takes good photos, doesn’t it?
I don’t know if NSA agents or hackers can take control of my iPhone’s camera, but one thing is for sure. As of right now, they probably don’t want to. Most of what anyone would see from my camera’s viewpoint is a ceiling, an ear, or whatever I’m aiming the camera at while taking a picture or video (and hardly worthy of NSA or hacker effort, though they might get their jollies that way).