According to a document that was brought to the public by Edward Snowden, who became famous for revealing NSA’s activity, the main targets were Google Play, Samsung’s app store and UC browser which is highly popular in China and India.
NSA along with five more secret intelligence services from England, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, were trying to find out ways take advantage of smartphones for spying. By monitoring Internet’s cables that transferred millions users’ data, they managed to creep into the servers of Google and Samsung. After that, they installed a malware to Android devices and collected data of course without the users being aware of any of the above.
Besides the obvious data (emails, contacts, photos, videos etc.) the secret intelligence services were also interested in data analysis that is imprinted on the web, such as social media movements, propagandas or threats towards the United States of America and its allies.
All the information mentioned above were published on The Intercept. The project was named IRRITANT HORN and the worst news in this whole tragedy is that by reading the documents, we can’t be sure whether the project has been terminated or not.
And at this point is where we should all start wondering. Staying safe in today’s world – where secrets come and go and information is considered to be the most valuable possession – can be hard and that’s when the secret intelligence services come in. Their job is to catch the bad guys or prevent catastrophic events without shaking the world from its place. And the more united the world becomes, the closer all those services will need to work to remain efficient.
So far so good. But on the other hand, who would voluntarily give up his freedom? Just ask yourself. Does allowing someone to access your personal info in order to prevent someone else from doing the exact same thing, make sense to you? Where do you think lies the limit between protecting human kind and trespassing human rights?
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