Hardware Kill Switches

There is an increasing threat of cameras and microphones being used to spy on you.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Leaked documents have shown plans from the NSA to infect “millions” of computers with malware called CAPTIVATEDAUDIENCE (which turns a computer’s microphone into a bug) and GUMFISH (which turns your camera into a spycam). Such attacks will only become more common in the future.

We decided to stop these types of attacks entirely: with switches that physically sever the circuit to the microphone and camera. Try hacking that!

Librem Hardware Kill SwitchesAll Librem products offer Hardware Kill Switches that physically sever the circuit at the hardware level for:

  • Wireless & Bluetooth
  • Camera & Microphone

We are planning additional hardware kill switches for the Librem Phone, such as for the baseband modem.

Curious about how it all works? You can read more about the way we designed our hardware kill switches.