Revealed: The NSA's Plan to 'Hijack' Android App Stores

According to documents obtained by Edward Snowden, the NSA hatched a plan that would allow the agency to infect smartphones with malware by hijacking the Google Play and Samsung and the Samsung App Store.
The plan's goal: find ways to exploit the connection between smartphones and app stores to allow the NSA — along with its counterparts in Canada, the U.K, New Zealand and Australia — to inject data-collecting malware into users' phones.
But they highlight the security agencies' interest in finding new ways to hack into individual smartphones.
The documents also suggest that the agencies uncovered security vulnerabilities within UC Browser, an Android browser extremely popular in Asia.