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NewsPoster Sep 10, 2013 12:03 PM
Leaked NSA document calls Jobs 'Big Brother,' iPhone buyers 'zombies'
A National Security Agency presentation from 2010, leaked to Germany's <em>Der Spiegel</em> by Edward Snowden, calls former Apple CEO Steve Jobs "Big Brother" and iPhone customers his "zombies." The presentation is titled <em>Exploring Current Trends, Targets and Techniques</em>, and as a whole discusses NSA efforts to hack into iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices. Slides on iPhone location services make reference to Apple's own famous "1984" Macintosh ad, and by extension George Orwell's novel warning about government surveillance and the manipulation of history.<br />
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The slideshow remarks that in the case of the iPhone 3G and 4, programming scripts allow NSA <a href="" rel='nofollow'>surveillance</a> of 38 different elements, including Maps, Photos, and voicemail, and third-party apps like Facebook, Google Earth, and Yahoo Messenger. Owing to the file's age, it's unknown to what extent the NSA can spy on more recent smartphones, which in some cases have more elaborate security architecture.<br />
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<em>Der Spiegel</em> notes that for the NSA smartphones are a "goldmine," containing just about everything the agency might want to know about someone. This includes contacts, photos, location data, and personal interests, which can be revealed through things like search terms. In some cases, a phone may have critical personal information such as passwords and credit card numbers.
Paul Huang Sep 10, 2013 12:23 PM
One 'Big Brother' calling another 'Big Brother'.
jpellino Sep 10, 2013 12:23 PM
These are Microsoft-worthy levels of classlessnessish.
airmanchairman Sep 10, 2013 03:13 PM
Oh the insidious hypocritical irony of it all... big brother indeed!

All sum and substance of rant, cant and hypocritical jiggery-pokery.
Charles Martin Sep 10, 2013 03:24 PM
This is a good example of how far up their own backsides the NSA are, that they don't see THEMSELVES as Big Brother. The fact that they can't crack iMessages and FaceTime (but have never said a WORD of complaint about Android and BB phones) makes me glad that, if I have to use a smartphone at all, it's an iPhone ...
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