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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)
Image: Seth Rosenblatt/CNET
November 17, 2013
Snowden cache reveals diplomats' hotel bookings being tracked by GCHQ
In a perhaps bizarre twist, British agents at GCHQ are slated to have bugged around 350 hotels around the world used by diplomats in order to get the inside track of what foreign governments are talking about behind closed doors.
Under the program dubbed ROYAL CONCIERGE, the program has been in operation since 2010. The program also monitors hotel-booking systems that allow the U.K. and U.S. governments to keep tabs on where diplomats are heading. The names of the hotels were not released, but documents seen by Der Spiegel said telephones, computers, and fax machines in hotel rooms were bugged and wiretap-enabled.
- Read more: Snowden cache reveals diplomats' hotel bookings being tracked by GCHQ (The Guardian)
Source: Der Spiegel