Project Censored #24: NSA’s AURORAGOLD Program Hacks Cell Phones Around World

Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Corruption, Government, Internet Control with 4 Comments

By Michael Brannon & Peter Phillips | Project Censored

The House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act on Wednesday with a 338-88 vote, but experts say that powers of mass surveillance will continue, and even expand, if the bill passes and becomes law. (Image: EFF/flickr/cc)

Editor's Note: As you may recall, within the last year, I have featured most of Project Censored's 2013-2014 Top 25 List. Now the latest list, for 2014-2015, has been released. Here is Project Censored # 24 article and stay tuned for more to come each week.

The National Security Agency (NSA) has hacked cell phone networks worldwide for many years, according to a report in the Intercept based on documents provided by Edward Snowden. Ryan Gallagher’s article analyzed the contents of at least nine NSA documents that show how the NSA has spied on hundreds of companies, as well as other countries that are close to the US. As Gallagher reported, through a secret program codenamed AURORAGOLD, the NSA sought security weaknesses in cell phone technology to exploit for surveillance. Furthermore, Gallagher wrote, the documents also revealed NSA plans “to secretly introduce new flaws into communication systems,” which would make those systems easier for the NSA to access—a “controversial tactic,” Gallagher wrote, because doing so could expose “the general population to criminal hackers.”

AURORAGOLD monitored the contents of messages sent and received by over 1,200 e-mail accounts associated with major cell phone service providers. In some cases, this allowed the NSA to intercept “confidential company planning papers” that would help it “hack into phone networks,” Gallagher wrote.

“Even if you love the NSA and you say you have nothing to hide, you should be against a policy that introduces security vulnerabilities,” according to Karsten Nohl, a leading cell phone security expert and cryptographer. “Once NSA introduces a weakness, a vulnerability, it’s not only the NSA that can exploit it.”

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Source: Ryan Gallagher, “Operation Auroragold: How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide,” Intercept, December 4, 2014,

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  1.' KHid-frieka Duma says:

    Snowden N his lies,he just want to be regarded as a hero.

  2.' Mark Wan says:

    More exposure and disclosure in this interview … You decide !!!

  3.' Jason Matheny says:

    Well technically when you have all the acess codes its not really hacking. Its like solving that million dollar question about internet security the goverment already has.

  4.' Debbie Fleshman says:

    Old news

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