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Issue 166 - November, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 14

No, The Bitstrips App is NOT an NSA Trojan

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Message circulating via social media claims that the popular cartoon creation app Bitstrips is actually a secret NSA trojan designed to spy on people via their Facebook accounts and cellphones.


Bitsrips NSA Trojan Hoax


Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are untrue. Bitstrips is entirely harmless, albeit slightly addictive.  The story originates from a satirical website and was intended only as a joke.

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BITSTRIPS APP IS SECRETLY NSA TROJAN HORSE TO ACCESS YOUR PRIVATE DATA

Bitstrips, the fun cartoon generation app growing in popularity on social media, is it turns out a Trojan horse from the NSA to tap your Facebook feed and cell phone. Edward Snowden in his most recent disclosure revealed the origin of the bitstrip program.

According to a statement from Snowden the NSA knew that someday their spying would be made public. They knew that people would respond by demanding more privacy settings. So in response the NSA set up a team to develop apps that will by pass privacy settings, in a legal way.

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Detailed Analysis


According to a message that is currently circulating via Facebook, popular cartoon creation app Bitstrips is actually a secret NSA trojan horse. The message claims that the information was recently revealed by fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Supposedly, by tricking people into agreeing to the terms and conditions of Bitstrips and other such apps during installation, the NSA can then legally access their Facebook accounts and cell phones.  And, warns the message, just by liking and sharing another user's Bitstrips, you may be giving the NSA access to your Facebook accounts and phone as well.

However, not surprisingly, the claims in the warning are utter nonsense. Bitstrips is harmless and it is certainly not an NSA front to spy on you. The story originates from satirical humour website, Call The Cops. The site's "About" page explains:
This site is a satire of the current state of Law Enforcement, Fire Fighting and Emergency Medical work.  Stories posted here are not real and you should not assume them to have any basis in any real fact.
Thus, those Bitstrip users concerned by the warning can breathe easy and continue Bitstripping to their heart's content.



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Last updated: November 10, 2013
First published: November 10, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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BITSTRIPS APP IS SECRETLY NSA TROJAN HORSE TO ACCESS YOUR PRIVATE DATA



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