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NSA may be reading your text messages

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National Security Agency officials may be reading your smartphone text messages, looking through your contact lists and tracking where you’ve been, according to newly released documents obtained by German news outlet Der Spiegel.

The documents claim the smartphone spying is targeted and not universal, however the targeting has occurred allegedly without the smartphone companies' knowledge. IPhones, BlackBerrys and phones using Google’s Android OS were all subject to spying.

Of course, there’s that audit that found thousands of mistakes made by the NSA when targeting innocent Americans, but we should believe the NSA this time, right?

“In the internal documents, experts boast about successful access to iPhone data in instances where the NSA is able to infiltrate the computer a person uses to sync their iPhone,” wrote Spiegel. “Mini-programs, so-called 'scripts,' then enable additional access to at least 38 iPhone features.”

The documents show similar success with BlackBerrys, allowing the NSA to “see and read SMS traffic.” That’s text messages. Scary stuff.

There was no mention in the article about how Spiegel obtained the documents, but author Laura Poitras has close contacts to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and has published other NSA-related articles in recent weeks, according to the Huffington Post.

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