The top-secret document, obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was published Wednesday by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept. The document outlines a series of tactics that the NSA and its counterparts in the Five Eyes were working on during workshops held in Australia and Canada between November 2011 and February 2012.
The main purpose of the workshops was to find new ways to exploit smartphone technology for surveillance. The agencies used the Internet spying system XKEYSCORE to identify smartphone traffic flowing across Internet cables and then to track down smartphone connections to app marketplace servers operated by Samsung and Google. (Google declined to comment for this story. Samsung said it would not be commenting “at this time.”)
Yes. Trust the government. Yes. According to the article, the government wanted to do this to prevent any type of “Arab Spring” happening in the western world. This here is what oppressive government do. Funny how these devices that where meant to free us and make life better are now simply tools for our government to monitor what we say, what we do and where we go.
So how can you combat this bullshit? Install a ROM like Cyanogen that gives you control over you phone. It will help a little, but with the meta-data laws in affect now, we are all pretty much fucked.