The Nation Security Agency has an unfair advantage when it comes to spying: It already has access to our private emails and Web browsing history. An operation codenamed AURORAGOLD gave them a chance to put that access to the scary test.
While you'd think that the NSA would focus on — you know — national security, AURORAGOLD was actually an attempt to find the same security vulnerabilities that hackers exploit.
According to The Intercept, program tracked the private email addresses of over 1,200 power players in the cell network industry. Sounds like a pretty small haystack, but the needle the NSA wanted to find is massive.
AURORAGOLD tracked major cell networks to find vulnerabilities that could help the NSA spy on even more phones.