This 2012 presentation from the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team (NTAT), a joint Five Eyes surveillance unit, discusses options for installing malware on smartphones in light of the challenge posed by the Arab Spring: see the CBC News article Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware, 21 May 2015.
This undated joint GCHQ/CSEC presentation provides an overview of “exploring and exploiting leaky mobile apps”: see the Der Spiegel article The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle, 17 January 2015.
Six slides from a 28 May 2010 GCHQ presentation on intercepting mobile phone data, describing the agency’s many tools for compromising individual handsets and weaknesses within national networks and international roaming exchanges (GRXs). Note that these are the first versions of these documents to be released online: see the Guardian article NSA and GCHQ target ‘leaky’ phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data, 27 January 2014.
This NSA presentation from May 2010 describes the kinds of information the agency can extract from smartphone traffic, describing the use of mobile apps as a “golden nugget”. Note that this is the first version of this document released online: see the Pro Publica article Spy Agencies Probe Angry Birds and Other Apps for Personal Data, 27 January 2014.
This Special Source Operations presentation describes the NSA’s problems with overcollection of data from email address books and buddy lists: see the Washington Post article NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally, 14 October 2013.