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November 8, 2013
Germany brings anti-spying bill to the UN, meets with U.S. intelligence
Following the news that the U.S. government spied on Germany's executive branch, the European federal state filed a draft resolution calling for the United Nations to address electronic surveillance. The efforts were part of a global bid to restore lost trust between various governments around the world, particularly in Germany where World War II memories of the Stasi remain raw for many.
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November 11, 2013
GCHQ used fake LinkedIn pages to target engineers
More from Belgium and the hack on its main telco Belgacom, which appeared implicated the NSA directly in the unauthorized access. German media reported new documents from Snowden that said, with the U.K.'s help, turned fake LinkedIn and Slashdot.org pages -- a site popular in the IT community -- into honeypots for installing malware on machines belonging to Belgacom engineers.
Dubbed QUANTUM INSERT, it allowed British intelligence to spy deep within the Belgian network. The news came just days after officials from the three British intelligence branches, MI5, MI6, and GCHQ, were called before a U.K. parliamentary committee to explain their actions to lawmakers.
- Read more: GCHQ used fake LinkedIn pages to target engineers (Der Spiegel)
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November 14, 2013
CIA collects global data on transfers of money
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) role in the surveillance scandal has been mostly muted. Now, according to two reports by U.S. media, the CIA is able to acquire vast amounts of financial data and money transfer information handled by U.S. companies, in efforts to track terrorist funding activities.
Operating under the same provisions of the Patriot Act that the NSA uses to acquire data, it's not explicitly clear if Americans' data was collected and inspected by the spy agency. It's expected further Snowden leaks will reveal far more about the system.
- Read more: CIA collecting bulk data on money transfers, reports say (CNET)
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