Latest in Angelamerkel

Image credit:

NSA may have spied on 122 foreign leaders

32 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

We've known for a while that the NSA has spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other international leaders, but it now looks like that surveillance was just the tip of the iceberg. Der Spiegel and The Intercept have published an Edward Snowden leak revealing that the NSA snooped on as many as 122 foreign heads of state in 2009, ranging from Merkel to Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. A custom search system, Nymrod, helped the US agency both locate transcripts of those leaders' communications as well as secret reports. The National Security Council tells The Intercept that President Obama's administration hasn't tracked Merkel and doesn't plan to start, but it also didn't deny that the German leader had once been under close watch.

That's far from the only espionage to have taken place in Germany, however. Der Spiegel adds that Britain's GCHQ reportedly conducted wide-scale surveillance of German communications firms, including satellite providers Cetel and Stellar as well as equipment provider IABG. As with its Belgian monitoring operation, the UK looked for network administrators, executives and other "access chokepoints" it could use to infiltrate the companies' systems and spy on key suspects. GCHQ isn't commenting on the leak other than to say its actions are "authorised, necessary and proportionate." Germany begs to differ, though -- its Federal Prosecutor is investigating the possibility of espionage charges related to the breaches.

[Image credit: Remy Steinegger / World Economic Forum, Flickr]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
32 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The best mobile devices for students

The best mobile devices for students

View
Adam Driver investigates post-911 CIA tactics in 'The Report' trailer

Adam Driver investigates post-911 CIA tactics in 'The Report' trailer

View
OtterBox reveals a portable and stackable wireless charging system

OtterBox reveals a portable and stackable wireless charging system

View
Chevy's 2020 Bolt EV will pack a longer 259-mile range

Chevy's 2020 Bolt EV will pack a longer 259-mile range

View
Samsung updates mid-range A50 and A30 with new cameras, flashier designs

Samsung updates mid-range A50 and A30 with new cameras, flashier designs

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr