NSA can spy on smart phones: Report

The US National Security Agency has the ability to spy on people by accessing user data from smart phones manufactured by all companies, new documents reveal.

The NSA Å“can tap into such information on Apple iPhones, BlackBerry devices and Google’s Android mobile operating system,” according to top secret documents obtained by German magazine Spiegel.

The US spying agency can also tap Å“most sensitive data held on these smart phones, including contact lists, SMS traffic, notes and location information about where a user has been,” the documents said.

The top secret docs showed that the NSA Å“has set up specific working groups to deal with each operating system, with the goal of gaining secret access to the data held on the phones.”

The BlackBerry mail system, which is known to be very secure, is also targeted by the US intelligence agency. The company has always boasted that its mail system is uncrackable.

BlackBerry officials refused to comment on the new leak.

“It is not for us to comment on media reports regarding alleged government surveillance of telecommunications traffic,” BlackBerry officials told Spiegel.

The company said it had not programmed a “‘back door’ pipeline to our platform.”

The online privacy violation leaks were first revealed by American whistleblower Edward Snowden. He leaked confidential information that showed the NSA collects data of phone records and Internet communication of American citizens.

The former NSA contractor, who is charged with espionage in the United States, fled the US and took one-year asylum from Russia in August. Snowden supplied reporters with 50,000 secret documents.


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Republished from: Press TV