During a speaking engagement at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism at the City University of London, WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, told smartphone users they are vulnerable to the ‘mass surveillance’ industry. “Who here has an iPhone? Who here has a Blackberry? Who here uses Gmail? Well, you’re all screwed,” said Assange.
This announcement comes as WikiLeaks recently launched their new Spyfiles project. The new project reveals the activities of about 160 companies in 25 countries which develop technologies to allow the tracking and monitoring of individuals by their mobile phones, email and Internet browsing histories.
“This in-depth investigation shows that this is not the relatively small industry it was 10 years ago. 9/11 has provided a license for European countries, for the U.S., for Canada, South Africa and others to develop spying systems that affect us all,” Assange said to reporters. He later says, “These systems have been sold by Western companies to places for example like Syria, and Libya and Tunisia and Egypt. These systems are used to hunt people down and to murder.”
RIM was recently under fire by India and UAE for not giving up the de-encryption codes for select services. Although, there seems to have been a resolution made to the issue. Nevertheless, WikiLeaks asserts that countries like these could be utilizing these spy tools to intercept and track users, no matter if you’re using a BlackBerry.