Excerpts from a report by SPIEGEL:
The United States’ National Security Agency intelligence-gathering operation is capable of accessing user data from smart phones from all leading manufacturers. Top secret NSA documents that SPIEGEL has seen explicitly note that the NSA can tap into such information on Apple iPhones, BlackBerry devices and Google’s Android mobile operating system.
The documents state that it is possible for the NSA to tap most sensitive data held on these smart phones, including contact lists, SMS traffic, notes and location information about where a user has been.
The material viewed by SPIEGEL suggests that the spying on smart phones has not been a mass phenomenon. It has been targeted, in some cases in an individually tailored manner and without the knowledge of the smart phone companies.
According to the report, this is not about having access to the companies behind these devices and services, but pure hacking. Dedicated groups are set up with the purpose of finding ways through each smartphone OS. Evidence suggests that they have successfully hacked every major smartphone platform and obtained user data. Even BlackBerry’s legendary email security has not been spared, if the report is anything to go by.
I hope that no-one around here is surprised by any of these. I concluded a long time ago that nothing is 100% private if the right people with the right tools want it. Well, at least, as long as you are online. It is a jungle out there, folks. Make what you will of the report and do what you have to do. We have discussed the subject of internet privacy again and again over the years. Now, we are getting to find out that our suspicions and sentiments have been mostly correct. Oh; surely you must know that this isn’t all there is to it either.