This week we talk about a new Star Wars card game, the NSA using Angry Birds to obtain personal data about players, building things with Legos in Chrome, and of course five more apps you don’t want to miss this week!
According to a new report, the NSA and British GCHQ have been trading methods for spying on smartphone apps since 2007. Apps specifically mentioned include Angry Birds, Google Maps and several others.
New revelations about the NSA show that the agency has sophisticated surveillance gadgets including a USB stick that can eavesdrop. Since the spies also have custom BIOS versions for PCs, the question is raised: is Android immune?
Newly discovered documents reveal that the NSA is collecting 5 billion cellphone location records each day. Read on for more details!
The moral and political aspects of state-level spying will be debated for years to come, but an interesting side-effect of the NSA’s actions is that new business is being created specifically to protect people against spies. The question is, are consumers ready to pay for them?
Because of Android’s “Back up my data” service, Google knows the passwords to all the Wi-Fi networks you access and the NSA can get at that data too. The simplest option right now is to de-activate the service, but how many users will bother?
Google has started encrypting the all the data written to disk via its Google Cloud Storage service, however the keys are automatically managed by Google making it irrelevant if Google was forced by law to hand of the data and keys,
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean includes a variety of internal changes that make it more difficult for hackers (and the NSA) to exploit security vulnerabilities. Plus Google is rolling out its find-my-phone service and has added a malware scanner to the Google Play Services.
The app will take pictures from your mobile device, automatically, and send them to the NSA twitter account. That’s right, all you have to do is download the app and you’re on your way to being a helpful citizen.
Don’t trust the government? Google might have a solution for you. The search giant is reportedly experimenting with server-side file encryption for Drive.