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I do a mix of embedded and .NET software to run and test industrial automation products.


Dec
10
comment Can A Powered Down Cell Phone be Turned On Remotely?
Sorry, had to update accepted answer because @John Deters pointed out a real demo at Black Hat. Still a good answer though!
Dec
10
accepted Can A Powered Down Cell Phone be Turned On Remotely?
Dec
10
comment Can A Powered Down Cell Phone be Turned On Remotely?
Very cool. Thanks! I see that it required root access, both on phones and the TV, which was the focus of the presentation. So it would require rooting the victim's phone first, which would require physical access or an unpatched vulnerability, e.g. in the browser. Probably not too difficult for a determined adversary to get in using one of those methods.
Dec
10
comment Can A Powered Down Cell Phone be Turned On Remotely?
It seems the guy who is answering in the thread you linked to is confused. He actually linked to an app called "remote turn OFF", which turns the phone off when it receives a formatted SMS message. Somebody in the app's thread even asked for the ability to turn the phone on, and was told the app couldn't do that.
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Mar
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comment Can A Powered Down Cell Phone be Turned On Remotely?
@Rook, yeah if it's in the firmware from the manufacturer, it's not a root-kit, it's a feature! But the (hypothetical, I want you to think) rootkit I referred to in my question is an aftermarket add-on that can be surreptitiously installed by any of the usual malware methods, so the term would be accurate.
Mar
20
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Mar
20
comment Can A Powered Down Cell Phone be Turned On Remotely?
Accepted because you answered the question in the title, and it appears that no-one is willing to admit they know about such functionality being used in the real world =)
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