Report: NSA Wants To Introduce Flaws in The Communication Networks Worldwide
According to some documents provided to The Intercept by Edward Snowden, NSA has been actively spying on various companies and organisations worldwide. You might think they are only spying on hostile countries, the one who pose a threat but that’s not the case.
The NSA has been spying on ally countries as well, in order to find flaws in their communication systems, so they can be exploited if necessary. Not only that, according to the documents NSA is planning to intentionally introduce various flaws in the cell phone technology worldwide for surveillance purposes.
This is a very controversial move by the NSA, which will surely expose us all to criminal hackers. Karsten Nohl, who is a security researcher, commented on the situation by saying:
Even if you love the NSA and you say you have nothing to hide, you should be against a policy that introduces security vulnerabilities, because once NSA introduces a weakness, a vulnerability, it’s not only the NSA that can exploit it.
It’s a strong argument, one which the NSA can’t avoid. The operation which has been codenamed AURORAGOLD, is monitoring communication networks of major cellphone companies around the world and intercepting confidential information regarding their network designs that can help the NSA effectively hack in.
One of the high profile targets is the GSM Association UK that works closely with firms like Microsoft, Cisco, Facebook and AT&T.
According to Karsten Nohl, AURORAGOLD is being run to make sure ‘every cellphone network in the world in NSA accessible.’
An NSA Spokesperson also commented on this and stated:
NSA collects only those communications that it is authorized by law to collect in response to valid foreign intelligence and counterintelligence requirements —regardless of the technical means used by foreign targets, or the means by which those targets attempt to hide their communications.
It has been revealed that as of May 2012, NSA were able to successfully gather technical data of 70% of cellphone networks around the globe.
NSA is aggressively spying on ally countries like Australia, New Zealand, France and more. One can only imagine the lengths which NSA will go to, in order to spy on countries they don’t consider an ally.
You can read the full document HERE.
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