Belarusian enterprise “SvetlogorskKhimvolokno” has developed and already sells cases that prevent tracking of information on a smartphone. The documents to patent the invention were submitted in 2015, press secretary of “Belneftekhim” concern Marina Kostyuchenko told the media.
“It was announced that Edward Snowden was working on a cover that protects a phone from the surveillance by the intelligence services. Meanwhile, such case already exists. It was created by specialists of “SvetlogorskKhimvolokno”. We can already help Snowden to keep his secrets safe”, BelTA news agency quoted the spokesperson.
According to her, the case offers a number of unique options: a cell phone placed inside it is fully protected from being spied on for the talks people are holding around it and transfering this information to third party. The case blocks all signals (GSM, GPS, etc.) so it will not be possible to tracks the phone’s location either.
The case is made of carbon based material, which is capable of shielding electromagnetic radiation in a wide frequency range.
The documents to patent the invention were submitted in 2015. The process of expert evaluation is underway at present, and the company hopes to receive a patent in 2017.
Several variations of the case are already available at the plant’s store, and can be shipped by post in Belarus. Prices range between 43-55 Belarusian rubles (~ $22-28).
The producer also offers tablet cases with the same properties.
The announcement that the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden plans to help develop a version of Apple’s iPhone for journalists concerned that they may be the target of government surveillance was made during a one-day conference on “Forbidden Research” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab on Thursday.
Snowden, who spoke via a video connection from Russia, said he was working with Andrew Huang, a computer hacker who studied electrical engineering at MIT, to see if it would be possible to modify a smartphone to alert journalists working in dangerous environments to electronic surveillance.