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Documents: NSA can access secure BlackBerry phones

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Documents: NSA can access secure BlackBerry phones
According to a published report out of Germany, internal NSA documents reveal that the agency has the capabilities to steal data from the Apple iPhone, Android powered devices, and even BlackBerry models. The latter platform was supposedly immune to NSA tapping programs. Among the information accessible to spies are a phone's contacts list, text messages sent and received, and your recent locations.

The report says that the NSA has set up teams for each operating system, trying to discover as much secret information held on each platform as they can. Documents state that the agency can gain access to a computer that an iPhone user syncs with while using mini-programs to peer into 38 additional iPhone functions.

And while back in 2009 there was a time when the NSA could not read BlackBerry user's SMS messages, an acquisition made that year led to a change in the way that the Canadian company compressed data. This led to a successful attempt by British intelligence to spy on BlackBerry handsets. And while the company states that it's email system cannot be spied on, NSA documents say the opposite.

"It is not for us to comment on media reports regarding alleged government surveillance of telecommunications traffic." The company said it had not programmed a "'back door' pipeline to our platform."-BlackBerry statement

source: Spiegel via TheVerge

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posted on 09 Sep 2013, 01:31 1

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1403; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


That is bad.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 02:01 1

3. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Lucius Fox's "This. Is. Wrong." line when Batman NSA's Gotham comes to mind.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:08 1

8. maysider (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)


And the only solution is to vote for the completely different parties with a bright structure and clean persons never connected to the fascists in the US gov
Otherwise this fascistic USA will never change

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 05:14

9. maysider (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)


.....

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 02:37 1

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


In the words of John McAfee, are your really surprised that your government is spying on your?

Really?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 01:35 2

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5876; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If you start with the premise that nothing is safe from the NSA, you won't be disappointed.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 02:02

4. a_tumiwa (Posts: 280; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


OMG! time to back to Symbian Phone, lolz

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:43 1

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Won't help.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 06:58

10. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 973; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


jolla have nothing NOTHING usa related and thus according to wikipedia should be safe from the NSA
and
i don't think they've would've set up a team for something dead like Symbian
also i reckon microsoft and apple just gives them the key to open and go inside lawl

android is open enough for them tap in it with ease BB10 was the supposed to be the hero but now are inflitrated too ah well

get firefox os lol

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 08:35

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


It is doesn\'t matter what OS your smartphone or computer is using. Because such \"security agencies\" intercept your incoming and outgoing data in telecomunication or internet provider\\\'s level. Basicaly what security agency have to do is to decrypt (of course if it is even encrypted) your incoming and or outgoing data. The most popular and common encryption algorythms are very well known for such \\\"security agencies\\\", also such \\\"security agencies\\\" has good specialists of reverse code engineering and powerfull \\\"super\\\" computers for bruteforcing.

\\\"jolla have nothing NOTHING usa related and thus according to wikipedia should be safe from the NSA\\\"

It is doesn\\\'t matter because due one or another personal reason even company from any other country may have an unofficial agreement with one ore another \\\"security agency\\\".

\\\"i don\\\'t think they\\\'ve would\\\'ve set up a team for something dead like Symbian\\\"

People already were spied when Symbian was a popular OS.

\\\"also i reckon microsoft and apple just gives them the key to open and go inside lawl\\\"

Could be the true.

\\\"...BB10 was the supposed to be the hero...\\\"

It is a fairy-tale for fools.

\\\"get firefox os lol\\\"

Won\\\'t help as I have already mentioned in my firs paragraph of current comment. The only one method to increase security level is to encrypt all your data with an unknown (maybe private) algorythm before transfereing all your data over the internet.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 14:22

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5876; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Don\'t you just love all of the slashes that PA\'s site adds to each post? One step forward and two steps backward. :-(

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 15:01

16. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


When I tried to edit my comment, system added even more slashes. :(

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 12:12 1

14. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


You don't think they'd have something set up for the OS that until very recently was by far the most popular in all the world? This program didn't start yesterday...

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:43 1

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Not surprising at all.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 08:08 1

11. goojman (Posts: 52; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Anything electronic & the gov already has full access. They have for quite some time now. Ur ignorant if you think otherwise.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 09:44

13. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Where is Anonymous during all this?

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