US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has helped to create an Android app that is designed to protect the possessions of journalists and human rights defenders.
The software uses sensors, including a mobile phone camera, microphone, gyroscope and accelerometer to detect intruders tampering with someone’s goods.
It is open source, meaning its code can be inspected.
It is designed to be used on a “second” smartphone that can be left with the possessions of a user want to monitor.
The app was created as a joint venture between The Guardian Project and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, of which Edward Snowden is the chairman of the board.
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“Imagine you are a journalist working in a hostile foreign country and you are concerned about the security services breaking into your hotel room and rifling through your personal belongings and the computer while you are away,” reads a press release.
“Haven detects changes in the environment using the sensors in a typical smartphone to alert you if someone enters your space or attempts to tamper with your devices, while there are.”
The app then sends the encrypted alerts to the user of the main phone, allowing them to monitor the activity through a server of the dark web known as Tor Onion.
It is not the transmission of information third parties can access unless the user has the SMS feature turned on, what that can do to the situations in which they would not otherwise be able to receive the data.
The organisations behind the app have set up a donation page for those who wish to support its further development.To speak of “testimony”
The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Mr Snowden has lived in exile in Moscow since 2013, after he leaked details of extensive internet and phone surveillance by US intelligence agencies.
In an interview on the new app, has told Wired: “If you are the secret police with people disappear, Haven, changes the calculation of the risk you have to go through.”
“You have to worry about that any mobile phone may be a witness.”
Some members of the public have questioned whether the app can be trusted to have given Mr. Snowden’s involvement.
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Wired tested the app and reported that it was extremely sensitive to movement.
He said that leaving the phone on top of a computer with a fan moving inside, he had created hundreds of alerts.