Friday, May 6, 2016

CBS News Hacks U.S. Congressman's Phone Confirming Previous Site Claims

Congressman Ted Lieu
In the May 7, 2010 Judiciary Report article "The FBI And Mobile Phone Spying" and the April 28, 2011 article "Rupert Murdoch Compromised National Security With Illegal Phone Hacking And Wiretapping" the site stated:

"The U.S. Congress has failed to stop this criminal misconduct, which some of them have benefited from and illegally so. However, whether they realize it or not, the aforementioned misuse of technology, poses a severe danger to national security. If a non-government worker or foreign entity, secretly uses the aforementioned tactics on members of Congress, they could listen into high ranking, classified, closed session meetings, simply by targeting a senator's mobile phone, with inexpensive malware and spyware. 

If they target the mobile phones belonging to the family members of Congress people, they could also spy on the entire family in their home, by default and eventually hear and see things they are not entitled to under the law, which could also damage national security. After all, many people take their work home."

Congressman Ted Lieu on his mobile phone
Years after the Judiciary Report's aforementioned 2010 and 2011 articles, in April 2016 the CBS News program "60 Minutes" hacked the mobile phone of Congressman Ted Lieu of California, with his consent, to show him it could be done. They were able to secretly listen into his calls, conversations and track him everywhere he went. Lieu, who has a degree in computer science was astonished. 

Lieu stated of the hacking and GPS stalking via his mobile phone, "It was really creepy that they knew where I was even though the GPS was turned off. I always sort of thought that whatever I say on my phone or type in my computer … other people will potentially see it. Now it’s very real to me. This flaw affects everybody. It affects daily life. There are just thousands of ways this flaw affects commerce … and national security. I’m sure the Donald Trump campaign would love to know what the Ted Cruz campaign manager is saying on his cellphone." 


Congressman Calls for Cellphone Hacking Investigation After CBS Program

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 5:41 pm  - WASHINGTON (Los Angeles Times/TNS) - U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) is asking for a congressional investigation after an episode of a CBS program in which his phone was hacked to show how easy it is. In a segment that aired Sunday night, the news program purchased an iPhone in New York and sent it to Lieu in California. Lieu, who has a computer science degree from Stanford, agreed to use the phone as his personal device for a week. 

CBS then gave the phone’s number to a German company that looks for security flaws in technology, and two German hackers were able to easily listen to Lieu’s phone calls. Lieu said that when he showed up to tape the segment in Washington, the hackers had told producers which hotel he’d stayed at the night before.“It was really creepy that they knew where I was even though the GPS was turned off,” he said by phone Monday. 

The segment also shows different hackers demonstrating a technique that allowed them to access reporter Sharyn Alfonsi’s emails, ride-sharing account and credit card information when she got onto a fake wireless internet network made to look like it belonged to the hotel where she was staying. 

Lieu said he’s always tried to be careful what he writes and says, but the experience has him thinking about how many elected officials are using phones that might have been hacked. He also has been using encrypted messaging systems. “I always sort of thought that whatever I say on my phone or type in my computer … other people will potentially see it,” he said. “Now it’s very real to me.”...