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NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data 144

schwit1 writes "New leaked NSA documents shed a new light on the agency's assault on the data controls of smartphone apps. Using app data permissions as a jumping off point, the documents show agency staffers building huge quantities of data, including 'intercepting Google Maps queries made on smartphones, and using them to collect large volumes of location information.' One slide lists capabilities for 'hot mic' recording, high precision geotracking, and file retrieval which would reach any content stored locally on the phone, including text messages, emails and calendar entries. As the slide notes in a parenthetical aside, 'if it's on the phone, we can get it.'"
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NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data

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  • Can you hear me now? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by RotateLeftByte ( 797477 ) on Monday January 27, 2014 @05:25PM (#46085235)

    Why are you listening?
    Do you understand me now?
    Why are you still listening?
    Do you think I have something to hide?
    Remember, I'm on your side
    So bugger off like a good man
    and snoop on the Taleban

  • by Anachragnome ( 1008495 ) on Monday January 27, 2014 @06:13PM (#46085767)

    From the following linked article:
    "During a recent interview session I had with Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer for digital security company F-Secure Corp, he shared that he was friends with the men behind Rovio, the creators behind another massive success story--Angry Birds." []

    A couple of years ago I tried, in earnest, to inform Mikko Hypponen of evidence I had acquired (first-hand) that proved that Sony Entertainment was gathering data from computers that had Sony software installed, after being referred to him by Mark Russinovich (of Microsoft/Sysinternals fame). I was stone-walled completely, even after providing crash-dumps that held all the evidence he needed to go public-- now, I know why.

Loose bits sink chips.