John McAfee, founder of the anti-virus company bearing his name, warns in a story in USA Today that the security risk to smartphones is quickly outpacing that of traditional computers. He is quoted as saying it is a “trivial matter” to remotely and covertly activate a smartphone’s sensors with the intention of spying on private conversations. Even his phone, he says can’t be kept secure despite “the best (security) habits in the world.”
McAfee, famous in the tech world for his anti-virus world, is now running for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination and has highlighted the need for America’s electric grid and digital infrastructure to be updated and secured against attack. The article notes that McAfee’s comments come as he assumes leadership of a tech company providing anti-spyware products for smartphones.
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