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September 9, 2013
New claims NSA can access data on iOS, Android, BlackBerry
German media published new documents that stated mobile phones, including BlackBerry devices, Android phones, and Apple iPhones, were crackable and are able to have data extracted from them. According to the report, the NSA had set up "working parties' to ensure the main mobile platforms had a "back door" available to intelligence agencies.
Later leaks would show that as a result of this vulnerability, even world leaders were not safe from prying (and spying) eyes.
- Read more: New claims NSA can access data on iOS, Android, BlackBerry (ZDNet/AAP)
(Source: Der Spiegel)
September 12, 2013
NSA provides Israel with raw, unchecked U.S. intelligence
The close relationship between the U.S. and Israel is far from secret. But to what extent data is shared was outlined in further published revelations, which claimed the U.S. gives the Middle Eastern country raw, unchecked access to its collected intelligence.
The "raw" nature of the intelligence means that the data has not been filtered out to prevent Americans' data from being inspected by the Israeli intelligence agency..
- Read more: NSA provides Israel with raw, unchecked U.S. intelligence (ZDNet)
Image: IDF/Wikimedia Commons
Source: The Guardian
September 16, 2013
NSA snoops on credit card transactions, says report
New light was shed on the NSA's "Follow the Money" division, which allowed the U.S. spy agency to tap into the vast amount of financial data held by Visa and other credit and debit card providers.
While Visa told German media that it was "not aware of any unauthorized access" to its networks, the NSA was still reportedly able to collate 180 million records in a secret database -- with 84 percent of those records being credit card transactions.
- Read more: NSA snoops on credit card transactions, says report (ZDNet)
Source: Der Spiegel