A breaking report from CBC News, in collaboration with The Intercept, reveals that the National Security Agency and its Five Eyes partners planned a “man-in-the-middle” attack to compromise Google’s app store. It’s the latest in a series of revelations about government spying from whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Previous Snowden leaks have indicated that the Five Eyes Alliance designed spyware targeting Android and iOS smartphones, which would then “phone home” with emails, SMS, call logs, web browser history, photos, videos and other personal data stored on the user’s phone. Until now it was unclear how spy agencies would infect their targets in the first place.
A documented point of entry for the attack is a Google Play server in France. How far the infection has spread remains unclear.
The UC web browser, not so well-known in North America but massively popular in China and India, was identified by Five Eyes as another vector for attack.