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Dreamy, Nosey, Tracker & Paranoid: GCHQ’s Spying Smurfs Can Hide On Phones, Turn Them On, Eavesdrop & Locate

In Archive, GCHQ, Hacking, NSA, NSA Files, Surveillance on January 27, 2014 at 3:07 PM

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01/27/2013

James Ball/Guardian:

The ability to obtain targeted intelligence by hacking individual handsets has been well documented, both through several years of hacker conferences and previous NSA disclosures in Der Spiegel, and both the NSA and GCHQ have extensive tools ready to deploy against iPhone, Android and other phone platforms.

GCHQ’s targeted tools against individual smartphones are named after characters in the TV series The Smurfs. An ability to make the phone’s microphone ‘hot’, to listen in to conversations, is named “Nosey Smurf”. High-precision geolocation is called “Tracker Smurf”, power management – an ability to stealthily activate an a phone which is apparently turned off – is “Dreamy Smurf”, while the spyware’s self-hiding capabilities are codenamed “Paranoid Smurf”.

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Related Link: “Golden Nugget! The Mobile Surge”: NSA/GCHQ Target Smartphone Apps to Collect Personal Data/Location Info

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