US Spies Able to Hack into Most Smartphone Platforms
Published on: 8th Sep 2013
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The USA's National Security Agency (NSA) is said to have managed to crack the security that underpins Android, BlackBerry and Apple iPhones as part of their intelligence gathering operations.
Citing top secret NSA documents, Germany's Spiegel newspaper said that the NSA can tap into personal information on the most popular smartphones.
The documents seen by the newspaper state that it is possible for the NSA to extract information including contact lists, SMS traffic, notes and location data about where a user has been.
The NSA is said by the documents to have set up dedicated teams for each smartphone platform to target their vulnerabilities. The documents also state that the NSA has succeeded in getting into the BlackBerry mail system, which had been considered to be so secure that several countries considered banning the platform as their security services couldn't read the encrypted messages.
The material viewed by the German newspaper however suggests that the spying on smartphones had not been the wide sweeping surveillance claims for general internet traffic -- and had been limited to carefully targeted individuals.
No mention is made of the Windows Phone OS in the report, which could be an oversight, a reflection of its low market share -- or possibly an indication that it is more secure.
On the web: Spiegel