British Spooks Tap the Global Net
The latest revelations from Prism whistleblower Edward Snowden suggest that the U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) intelligence operation is perhaps an even bigger global snooper than the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), according to this report in The Guardian.
GCHQ -- which uses the tagline "Keeping our society safe and successful in the Internet age" on its website (seriously) -- has reportedly been tapping global phone and data networks and extracting information about communications traffic and its contents.
It even uses the terms "Mastering the Internet" and "Global Telecoms Exploitation" for two of its operations.
The Prism-related revelations will likely just keep coming and coming. And as we've suggested before, none of it is truly that shocking. If it can be done, you can be sure that intelligence agencies the world over are doing it. (See Prism in a Big Data World.)
— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading