Leaked documents have emerged claiming the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are using mobile applications such as Angry Birds to spy on citizens.
The Guardian reported uncovering the spy operations while examining documents leaked to it by controversial whistleblower Edward Snowden. The campaigns reportedly used the applications as an entry point into smart devices, going on to gather vast amounts of information about their owner.
The agencies' spy campaigns are reportedly so advanced that they could discern the phone's model and screen size as well as personal details about its owner including their age, gender and location.
The scale of data gathering is unclear, but a leaked document from the NSA detailed a "golden nugget" scenario where its analysts could use mobile applications as a gateway to collect information from connected networks, downloaded documents, websites visited and friend lists.
Another leaked GCHQ document from 2010 indicated that the campaigns were collecting so much data, they were struggling to store it.
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Update on GCHQ the following is a exclusive
"Quote" REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE
By/ By Duncan Campbell, 3 Jun 2014
Summary/ Exclusive Above-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme - including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East - have so far remained secret, despite being leaked by fugitive NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden. Government pressure has meant that some media organisations, despite being in possession of these facts, have declined to reveal them. Today, however, the Register publishes them in full.
The Register/ full read here/ http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/03/revealed_beyond_top_secret_british_intelligence_middleeast_i...
The following article is a update on NSA and GCHQ Spying
(NSA, GCHQ spies have hurt us more than they know – cloud biz)
By | Paul Kunert 2nd July 2014 17:17
The PRISM revelations – a real shocker for anyone that didn't already realise governments monitor their own and other countries' citizens – have undermined business confidence in moving to the cloud.
This is according to the UK-based Cloud Industry Forum, which conducted an annual survey of 250 private and public sector organisations and noted a reverse in patterns seen in recent years
More than half of those questioned (52 per cent) voiced security as a major concern when asked about moving data to the cloud, up from 37 per cent a year ago.
The Register/ Full Read Here/ http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2014/07/02/cloud_industry_survey_2014_gov_spying_harming_takeup/