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Top Secret Documents: NSA Targets Data from Smartphone Apps Like Angry Birds

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just in case a terrorist is passing time playing Angry Birds, the NSA is trying to establish the technology to siphon information from the communication networks on smartphone apps, the Guardian reports, citing top secret documents.

The information is useful because it allows the agency to mine large quantities of cell phone data.

But the surveillance is catching strong criticism from civil liberty groups that say the federal government is using the threat of terrorism as a pretext for collecting troves of personal data.

The documents do not indicate the extent of the collection efforts.

Snowden Documents: NSA Has Undermined Encryption That Protects Online Privacy

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The NSA has surreptitiously succeeded in unscrambling encryption that protects people’s privacy online, the New York Times reports.

It’s the latest discovery from documents leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

According to the Times, the NSA has been able to undermine coding to access information ranging from personal e-mails to medical records.

The NSA used supercomputers, technical trickery and old-fashion persuasion, the Times wrote.

“For the past decade, N.S.A. has led an aggressive, multipronged effort to break widely used Internet encryption technologies,” said a 2010 memo about NSDA accomplishments for employees of its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. “Cryptanalytic capabilities are now coming online. Vast amounts of encrypted Internet data which have up till now been discarded are now exploitable.”