The NSA wants to spy on Americans by hacking their smartphone apps
We already know that the NSA is collecting the metadata of virtually every American telephone call, and we know that the NSA has infiltrated Facebook and Twitter, but now if this story is true the NSA plans to hack into people’s smartphone apps as well.
The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users’ private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.
The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location.
The NSA is defending this by claiming the location of people is vital to national security:
Exploiting phone information and location is a high-priority effort for the intelligence agencies, as terrorists and other intelligence targets make substantial use of phones in planning and carrying out their activities, for example by using phones as triggering devices in conflict zones.
Okay then, why is the NSA also curious as to a person’s sexual orientation if this is the ultimate goal of the NSA:
Some apps, the documents state, can share users’ most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences such as whether or not the user may be a swinger.
There may be some legitimate uses for some of this information but the sexual orientation of an individual should be of no concern to the Federal government whatsoever, unless of course the Federal government is seeking this information for political reasons such as blackmail.
We already know the Federal government has used the IRS to target political opponents so I wouldn’t put it passed the regime to gather this type of information to use against its political opponents.
The Federal government can hide behind national security all it wants to but it seems as if there is something bigger, and more nefarious, going on here. We all know that when the terrorists are not busy plotting the destruction of America they take up their free time by playing Angry Birds, don’t they?