NSA and Allied Spy Organizations Planned to use Google Play Store to Install Spyware on Smartphones

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  1. dgstorm

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    The latest revelation to come out of the Edward Snowden NSA leak scandal would have left Android and iOS quite vulnerable to spy organizations. One of the Top Secret documents shared by Snowden detailed that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) was developing a plan alongside allied spy organizations from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, in which they would hijack the connection between the Google Play Store and the users' device so they could implant spyware on mobile phones.

    The project was codenamed IRRITANT HORN, and the implanted spyware was meant to share data from the infected smartphones with the agencies, without the user ever knowing data was transferred. Supposedly, Samsung's app store was going to be targeted as well. The project even held a series of workshops in Australia 2011 & 2012 so they could develop methods to achieve this. Here's a quote with a few more of the details,
    The article listed in the source link below details the leak further, and even shares some of the reasons why the spy group was working on this project. Apparently, the various spy organizations were concerned there would be another "Arab Spring."

    Here's another quote with more on that,
    The leaks are definitely a "touchy" subject, and for good reason. Regardless of how we may feel about these leaks and Edward Snowden himself, there is one good thing that came of it. Since then, Google has dramatically tightened up their security. Their current protocols are much stronger now, so being infected by apps through the Play Store is nearly impossible.

    Source: The Intercept
     
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    This makes me sick. Can I endorse Snowden for President?
     
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    Google Apps and Services are already Spyware. I have accepted this fact, and am 'OK Google' with that.
     
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