Jan 24, 2012

Greens MP fears phone was hacked in WikiLeaks exchange

West Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says his iPhone may have been hacked by the federal government so it could keep tabs on an internet activist.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

West Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says his iPhone may have been hacked by the federal government so it could keep tabs on an internet activist.

Ludlam told Crikey from New Zealand this morning that his iPhone had been exhibiting strange behaviour consistent with external interception when he escorted former WikiLeaks spokesman Jacob Appelbaum from Ballarat to Melbourne last Friday.

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19 thoughts on “Greens MP fears phone was hacked in WikiLeaks exchange

  1. Coaltopia

    Seems a bit flimsy. Any way to determine if a phone has been hacked or had software installed/removed?

    National Open Source Intelligence Centre… so are they known as the NOSI C’s?

  2. Mack the Knife

    I’ve made some very critical comments on Israel on facebook and now my PC which is a fast modern job goes through stages where it will suddenly slow dramatically.

    My mobile also has erratic battery lives where its charge period lasts less that 30 hours as distinct from its normal 3-5 days.

    ASIO has always been a tool of the coalition as those who remember Whitlam’s Commonwealth Police raid on ASIO would remember.

    I couldn’t care less if ASIO or anyone else is or isn’t monitoring me. I very much doubt though that any legal or illegal monitoring of Australia’s citizens has anything to do with Australia though.

    ASIO showed their corruptness when they lied about Iraq WMDs to aid John Howard’s objectives so anything’s possible.

  3. paddy

    Don’t know enough to comment on the phone hacking stuff.
    But this…..
    [In 2010-11, a record 243,631 applications for access so-called telecommunications “meta-data”, including IP addresses, the precise location of mobile devices and the identity of persons contacted]
    …..is a seriously worrying trend.

  4. ggm

    Lets see. Does the Senator understand PUSH and 3G when in a 2G coverage zone?

    I’m guessing that this is his battery draining because he had GPS on, and was refreshing maps, or because he’s used to city centre service with high signal levels on 2100 and not rural on 850.

    I’m guessing that the more both of them descended into a paranoid delusional fantasy, the more they used their phones, with more apps, all of them attempting location services, and it fed itself into flatness.

    We’ve all played ‘spot the special branch’ and its pretty boring. Since I have a number-2 haircut do you assume I’m a plod? I didn’t realize english premier football league tops was a secret code. I assumed that all went out with Hankie code for the gay community. I assume anyone in a tie in Canberra is a pollie. Maybe I’m wrong and they all work for DSD?

    Really, if the ASIO want to identify each other, they can do it far more effectively than a leeds united top.

  5. Scott

    Better get your tin foil hat on Ludlam!

    Seriously, this is an exclusive for crikey?? This is rubbish.

    Type “iPhone” and “Battery” into google and see what comes up. Unless ASIO is tapping into a large percentage of iPhone users, blind freddy can see that this is just standard iPhone behaviour. They have had chronic battery life issues since the first versions. Ludlam probably just had an automatic update to his iOS that turned on some new functionality, resulting in a drain on his battery. Big deal.

  6. michael crook

    Same thing, ever since I started suggesting a coal mine bombing campaign. Funny that!

  7. Jude Graham

    Just because you are paranoid it does not mean you are not being hacked!

  8. Worthington

    Yes, that’s right Senator – you were hacked; ASIO, the CIA, the FBI and the CWA are all watching you, can’t possibly be a technical problem with the iPhone. Good grief!

  9. Lord Barry Bonkton

    Maybe Ltd News hacked his phone and not ASIO ?? You never know. They thought Princess Di was paranoid about her phone too and we all know how that turned out. Just go back to the old phones with no GPS.

  10. Dajopa

    Ha ha what rubbish! “plain clothes get up” you mean the ASIO people weren’t wearing fake moustaches and watching through a hole in the newspaper? They must have changed their M/O.

    @Mack – ASIO are a domestic agency and would not have done any reporting on Iraq’s weapons program. I think you mean ASIS and the ONA.

    I think Ludlam’s cognitive dissonance won’t let him believe that an Apple product could in fact be crap. It can’t be, Apple is awesome…….must be the government.

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