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Here’s how British intelligence used LinkedIn and Slashdot to dupe telecoms workers

on November 11, 2013

Gigaom

Back in September, the Belgian telecommunications firm Belgacom said it suspected an intelligence agency had hacked into its systems. This was notable for a couple of reasons: firstly, Belgacom supplies connectivity to major EU institutions that are based in Brussels; and secondly, the firm operates a so-called global roaming exchange (GRX), a hub for connections between different mobile networks.

It turned out that the UK’s GCHQ agency, a counterpart and partner to the NSA, was the culprit. And now, based on a document from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel has shed more light on the incident and others like it.

The purpose of this hacking can be fairly summed up as “access all the connections”, but here’s a breakdown of the ingenious techniques that were used. This is also apparently how the NSA and GCHQ targeted the oil body OPEC and many others.

  • Groundwork: The spies identified Belgacom…

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