NSA Can Hack Your Smartphone
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By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2013 9:33 AM CDT
In this Feb. 10, 2011 file photo, an Apple iPhone 4G.   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

(Newser) – More shocking NSA news that shouldn't be shocking to any resident of planet Earth: It turns out that the whiz kids over at the National Security Agency have the capability to access a broad range of data on most smartphones out there, including iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices. This according to "top secret NSA documents" cited in an exclusive report in der Spiegel, which the AP notes is co-bylined by Laura Poitras. Yes, the NSA can access data that includes your contact lists, SMS messages, notes, and GPS information; the agency has also reportedly set up teams to deal with the specifics of different operating systems. The documents don't appear to indicate mass spying, but rather targeted individuals.

This is particularly bad news for BlackBerry, notes Gizmodo, which has long touted its email as ultra-secure. The NSA documents do note that it was temporarily unable to hack BlackBerries, but that a change in RIM's data compression in March 2010 restored access. The response of the NSA team dedicated to BlackBerry: "Champagne!" RIM is refusing comment, other than to deny it had installed a "'back door' pipeline to our platform." Spiegel's full report is due out tomorrow. Meanwhile, iPhone users shouldn't be too smug: The report says the NSA had access to at least 38 iPhone features.

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RAD45
Sep 10, 2013 1:18 PM CDT
So, this newest revelation about the NSA tapping smart phones comes from Laura Poitras (who's helping Greenwald and the Guardian) via a German newspaper? That the NSA can tap cellphones is news that's about 10-years old. How do youz think they catch bad guys? There's nothing new here accept the twitter over another alledged expose from the Snowden/Greenwald/Poitras 'don't trust your government cabal'. I got some more stuff.... Congressmen don't always sleep with their wives! Yawn...
jgarbuz
Sep 9, 2013 2:03 PM CDT
Governments have always spied on their people ever since the beginning of all government! And the US Constitution does not say the gov't can't spy on you. It only says there must be no "unreasonable searches and seizures." They need a warrant to enter, search, and take your stuff. But there is nothing that says they can't look in with telescopes and binoculors, or open your mail, or tap your phone, or catch your radio waves from your cell phone transmitter. They can and do all that if they feel they need to. And more.
KoolerThanU
Sep 9, 2013 1:15 PM CDT
At this point I wouldn't be surprised if NSA could hack my light bulb in the bathroom and spy on me taking a dump.