Conspiracy Theories around the "Presidential Alert"

2018-10-04T20:03:01
ID SCHNEIER:88F3621898C3970E9DA2C67608528FEC
Type schneier
Reporter Bruce Schneier
Modified 2018-10-09T14:10:33

Description

Noted conspiracy theorist 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!

This is, of course, ridiculous. I don't even know what an "E911 chip" is. And -- honestly -- if the NSA wanted in your phone, they would be a lot more subtle than this.

RT has picked up the story, though.

(If they just called it a "FEMA Alert," there would be a lot less stress about the whole thing.)