Edward Snowden’s most recent revelations aren’t all that new, other than to give another methodology that was either being considered or was enacted by spy agencies around the world for hacking into smart phones. They have been considered a target from the initial Snowden document releases, but this gives us more detail about how they were going to be doing it.
The plan was to use the various app stores like Google’s and Samsung’s to plug in apps that would help to intercept personal data such as contacts and history. As the Register puts it:
That the intelligence services are working on software that can subvert iOS, Android and other smartphone operating systems isn’t new. But the presentation details how operatives could intercept communications between app servers and customers to install code that could harvest personal information and even display disinformation on handsets.