The US National Security Agency (NSA) and its allies tried to hijack Google and Samsung app stores via software vulnerabilities to launch a massive data harvest campaign putting millions of users at risk, new Snowden revelations show. The NSA, assisted by spy agencies of the Five Eyes alliance, comprising Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, sought to implant spyware on smartphones, distribute misinformation and gather user data as part of the project dubbed IRRITANT HORN, a new secret document revealed.

The initiative was launched following the Arab Spring for the purpose of monitoring any similar events in the future, should they occur. The spy agencies were primarily interested in three African nations, Senegal, Sudan and Congo, according to the Intercept that analyzed the document obtained by CBC News. FULL REPORT