Security Holes In App Stores: Latest In NSA Spying Saga
New reports on the leaked NSA documents claim the agency exploited security flaws in mobile app stores instead of publicizing the vulnerabilities.By Ben Lawson | May 21, 2015
Yet another NSA program detailed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden is making headlines today. The NSA, along with spy agencies from several other countries, reportedly developed a plan to exploit weaknesses in several app stores to collect data on suspected terrorists.
New documents published by CBC and The Intercept Wednesday detail a program dubbed "Irritant Horn," a combined effort from the U.S., Canada, U.K., New Zealand and Australia. The program targeted vulnerabilities in UC Browser, an incredibly popular app in China and India run by e-commerce giant Alibaba. It also sought ways to access information through Google and Samsung's servers.
It doesn't appear the companies were informed of the weaknesses, which left open the possibility for hackers and criminals to exploit the same vulnerabilities, as well as other government agencies.