The US National Security Agency is able to crack protective measures on iPhones and BlackBerry and Android devices, giving it access to users’ data on all major smartphones, according to a report Sunday in the German newsweekly Der Spiegel.
The magazine cited internal documents from the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, in which the agencies describe setting up dedicated teams for each type of phone as part of their effort to gather intelligence on potential threats such as terrorists.
The data obtained this way include contacts, call lists, SMS traffic, notes, and location information, Der Spiegel reported. The documents don’t indicate that the NSA is conducting mass surveillance of phone users but rather that these techniques are used to eavesdrop on specific individuals. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.