No, Presidential alerts can’t “access […] your phone”
On 2018-10-03, John McAfee tweeted:
The “Presidential alerts”: they are capable of accessing the E911 chip in your phones - giving them full access to your location, microphone, camera and every function of your phone. This not a rant, this is from me, still one of the leading cybersecurity experts. Wake up people!— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) October 3, 2018
This has spread like wildfire, with nearly 30k retweets and 41k likes as of writing. Unfortunately, it’s also completely untrue and does nothing but spread FUD.
While I have issues with the Presidential alert system (something I plan on writing about soon), absolutely none of the claims made in this tweet have even a grain of truth. Let’s break this down.
There is no E911 chip
Simply put, there’s no such thing as an E911 chip in any phone that has ever or will ever exist. This is one of many things that the baseband of...
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