Edward Snowden unveils phone app, Haven, to spy on spies

Edward Snowden unveils phone app, Haven, to spy on spies

The former National Security Agency contractor who exposed U.S. government surveillance programs by disclosing classified material in 2013 has a new job: app developer.

Edward Snowden in a video message Friday unveiled a new phone app he helped create, called Haven, that aims to protect laptops from physical tampering.

Snowden says it's an open-source tool designed for and other people at risk and it uses an Android phone's sensors to detect changes in a room.

The software was developed with the Freedom of Press Foundation and the Guardian Project. It has been greeted with mixed social media reactions, with some people celebrating its security capabilities and others saying they don't trust Snowden.

Snowden has lived in Russia since 2013, when the country gave him asylum, resisting U.S. pressure to extradite him.


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More information: guardianproject.github.io/haven/

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Dec 24, 2017
This thing is being branded by media as anti-spy, but from the description it just looks anti-criminal/pro-baby monitoring.

Dec 24, 2017
l_w_b, yep Snowden's team knows how to market a commercial product.

Some people will use this app to monitor their kids. Making sure they are not engaging in any normal adolescent behavior. Typical parental hypocrisy. Want evidence? Let's ask the grand-parents. And if available, their parents. Generations of accumulating hypocrisy!

Though most likely, the most common usage will be by men to monitor their wives and girlfriends. To make sure the women do not discover the men sneaking around to whores of varietal sexes.

Dec 24, 2017
Trojan Horse app that likely opens black doors for Russian spying. Why in the world would anyone trust anything this traitor ever says of does? Completely controlled and beholden to Russian State Security.

Dec 25, 2017
It's all about mistrust (as a commodity)...
Wouldn't it just be easier if people were truthful?
Of course, then nothing to "market"....

Dec 25, 2017
It's all about mistrust (as a commodity)...
Wouldn't it just be easier if people were truthful?
Of course, then nothing to "market"....
Ahaahaaaa stop it. Marketing will cease when the singularity emerges. I for one will welcome our machine overlords mainly because i hate liars.

Cheating will be religated mainly to board games in public parks. But old men who cheat will have their rations reduced out of principle. All boards and checker pieces will be tagged you see.

Dec 25, 2017
Trojan Horse app that likely opens black doors for Russian spying. Why in the world would anyone trust anything this traitor ever says of does? Completely controlled and beholden to Russian State Security.

Nahhh... He's a double spy...
Sent in to gain the confidence of the Russians and goading them into making a tactical mistake....

Dec 26, 2017
What would someone want this for, to install a backdoor on their system? To tape a sign on their back that says "hack me?" To acknowledge our Russian overlords when they say "All your data are belong to us?" Yay.

You gotta be kidding me.

Got any questions why I have never tried Kaspersky and never will?

Dec 27, 2017
To all of the people who say they're not gonna trust Snowden - there's an app that does the same thing and works well called Salient Eye. You can use it on Android and iOS, and it basically does the same thing but imo it's definitely more trustworthy.


Dec 27, 2017
Lol. Oh yes, snowden released an app full of trojans and NSA has no ability to decompile it, or willingness to reveal the threat!
It's chess that's being played people, not checkers.
Source code here:
https://github.co...ct/haven

Dec 27, 2017
The comments here make no sense. It's an open source app so anyone can download the source code, read it, modify it any way they want and recompile it for their own use. And with Snowden in the mix lots of people will check it out. So it can't have backdoors.

Dec 27, 2017
Wouldn't it just be easier if people were truthful?

Nah...people want profit. To realize profit (material, power, whatever) you have to make someone believe that what you are giving is worth more than it actually is.

Without lying that wouldn't work in any context.

It's all about mistrust (as a commodity)...
Wouldn't it just be easier if people were truthful?
Of course, then nothing to "market"....


The time will come when people on Earth will finally recognize the fundamental importance of the truth, be truthful to each other, because they have learned that this is the natural way for bringing best and lasting progress for individuals and the society as a whole. We are still centuries away from that milestone, shielding against abusers is therefore for the time being unavoidable, no matter how sad that is.

Dec 29, 2017
..people want profit. To realize profit (material, power, whatever) you have to make someone believe that what you are giving is worth more than it actually is
Spoken like a true disneyite communist. As if honest competition by delivering a superior product, shouldn't be expected to generate a profit.

If snowdens product is really very good then he shouldn't be expected to earn a living from it. Because a 'living' should be provided by the state irrespective of how brilliant you are or how hard you work.

It could be that aa just doesn't understand what profit is, other than being one of those bad words like democracy or freedom.

Jan 03, 2018
It is released as an open source project. You get all the source code. You can check it to see if it contains back doors, trojan horses, or any other types of malware. There are probably already a hundred open source developers around the world working on it.

I would expect the level of ignorance displayed in the comments here if this were the UK Daily Mail. I didn't expect them on Physorg.

Jan 31, 2018
By-The-Way, Russia was recently found to be more free than the United States under Il Douchebag.

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