Germany’s Der Spiegel recently revealed a NSA program that reportedly allows agents to tap into sensitive data stored on smartphones from Apple, Google and BlackBerry. A follow-up report exposes how the NSA views Apple’s mobile ecosystem. In their opinion, iPhone owners are zombies owners who follow their “Big Brother” Steve Jobs.
The slide deck not only divulges the extent of the power of the NSA to hack our phones, but also reveals the disdainful attitude of the government agency towards the groups it allegedly can target. I don’t know about you, but I don’t appreciate being called a zombie and bristle at the thought of Steve Job being called Big Brother. It’s wrong on many levels.
If the slide deck is accurate, then the NSA can grab information like contact lists, SMS history and location information from the iPhone. As some consolation, these collection activities supposedly target individuals of interest and are not done en masse. Details on how the agency accesses this information is not available, but Der Spiegel promised that a future article will shed some light on these controversial methods of data collection.
[Via Der Spiegel]