It seems the more that we learn about the NSA and its practices, the worse the story gets.
New evidence suggests that the US-agency targeted 122 key world figures for unlawful surveillance.
The NSA employed a system known as “Nymrod” to spy on these figures. What does Nyrmod do? Well it’s an advanced surveillance system that automatically tracks, records, and logs key communications from a variety of different sources, such as phone calls, emails, and text messages. These key communications are deemed “cites” from the US agency.
Who were some of the people targeted? Ukranian Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, German Chancellor Angela, and Syrian President Bashar Asad, to name a few. There are plenty of other leaders and important figures that have had “cites” collected from their communications.
The report that broke this news also gave insight to the British Government Communications Headquarters attempts to access data from German companies like IABG, Cetel, and Stelar, which would help in targeting the NSA’s surveillance efforts to get more specific data.
Although it doesn’t come as a surprise that the NSA is willing and/or capable of doing this, what is troubling to think is that there is probably a lot more that the agency is doing that hasn’t been discovered or reported yet. If even world leaders in positions of prominence can’t protect their data, then the outlook looks fairly bleak for the rest of us.
Source | Via