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November 20, 2013
U.S. and U.K. struck secret deal with U.K. to monitor British citizen data
Fresh information suggested what the NSA was telling the Brits might not have been all it was letting on. According to the Snowden-leaked documents, the "Five Eyes" group of countries, including the two superpowers, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, may not have been as binding as first thought.
A 2005 secret draft directive said the NSA could spy on its allies without informing them -- though, it's not clear if it was ever enacted. A 2007 NSA memo provided, according to The Guardian, the "first explicit confirmation" that Brits were caught up in the U.S. surveillance dragnet.
- Read more: NSA's BFFs not necessarily immune to spying eyes (CNET)
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Source: The Guardian
November 23, 2013
NSA malware infected over 50,000 computer networks worldwide
The NSA infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malware, according to new slides leaked by Snowden to Dutch media outlet NRC. A presentation dated 2012 showed a spiderweb map dubbed "Computer Network Exploitation," citing more than 50,000 locations globally.
The division of the intelligence agency, Tailored Access Operations (TAO), describes the operation in which includes, "enabling actions and intelligence collection via computer networks that exploit data gathered from target or enemy information systems or networks."
- Read more: NSA malware infected over 50,000 computer networks worldwide (ZDNet)
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November 25, 2013
U.S. hooks Singapore, South Korea as players in "Five Eyes" pact
Reports in Australian media cited new documents leaked by Snowden that point to Singapore and South Korea as playing "key roles" in helping the U.S. and Australia, two members of the so-called "Five Eyes" pact of spying partners, to tap into other South Asian countries.
The map, leaked by Dutch media earlier in November, showed Singapore as a key telecoms hub in the Pacific region, as an important "third party" working with its U.S. partners. The operation helps the U.S. and other allied nations tap into the communications of other countries in the region, notably Indonesia and Malaysia.
- Read more: Singapore, Seoul key players in 'Five Eyes' spy ring (ZDNet)
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Source: Sydney Morning Herald