’International State-Sponsored Espionage’: Belgium Spying Probe
2013 09 17

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Belgian prosecutors aren’t pointing fingers at any specific intelligence entity in the ongoing spying probe to see who hacked into the country’s main telecom company and monitored traffic for at least two years. However, the U.S. National Security Agency has recently admitted that the agency did collect information about economic and financial matters from foreign private companies.

The NSA claims that such actions are to combat terror.

It was recently revealed that the NSA had been wiretapping the United Nations via the UN video conferencing system (an act that reportedly violates international law).

Belgium notably plays host to: "official seats of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, and European Council, as well as a seat (officially the second seat but de facto the most important one) of the European Parliament". Source

Is all this spying to ’target and combat terror’, or is it to aggregate any and all information on government bodies, private corporations, and regular citizens to be used against them, for corporate or private gain?

RT reports on the investigation...

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‘Foreign nation with significant means’ in Belgium spying probe
From: RT

Authorities in Belgium are investigating a ’foreign state’ suspected of spying on the country’s main telecom company.

National phone operator Belgacom filed a complaint in July, saying several of its servers and computers were hacked, Belgian Federal prosecutors announced on Monday.


"The inquiry has shown that the hacking was only possible by an intruder with significant financial and logistic means," they said. "This fact, combined with the technical complexity of the hacking and the scale on which it occurred, points towards international state-sponsored cyber espionage."

The hackers used malicious software and advanced encryption techniques to gather strategic information rather than sabotage Belgacom’s data or cause direct economic damage, the prosecutors said.

They declined to say which foreign state they suspected, but Belgian media were quick to point fingers at America’s NSA.

Documents leaked by a former contractor of the spy agency have shown massive electronic surveillance program by the NSA. The program was mostly done with compliance of telecommunication giants, many of them based in the US or its allies.

The agency also used hacking techniques to gather information, targeting computers in China, Brazil and apparently other nations, the leaks showed.

The Belgian daily De Standaard said the NSA had been monitoring international telephone traffic through Belgacom for two years. It said the agency had been primarily interested in Belgacom’s subsidiary BICS, a wholesale provider of international phone lines and the biggest voice carrier in Africa and the Middle East.

James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence, admitted last week that the agency did collect information about economic and financial matters. He claimed it was used to combat terrorist financing and predict problems that could lead to financial crises or disrupt financial markets.

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Read the full article at: rt.com










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