"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

French telecom group to sue the NSA over hacking

Vive la France
  • The French are going to sue the NSA about spying on them.  I can't get too worked up.  Spying on foreigners, not Americans, is what the NSA was supposed to be doing in the first place.

The real question of the day, "Is the NSA spying worthless?" 

The fact of the matter is the "intelligence" groups of America are next to worthless.  From 9/11 to the Boston Bombings to Benghazi to the new suicide bombings at the Russian city of Volgograd we have been caught with our pants down over and over. 

The NSA etc claims successes against terrorism . . . but, and there is always a but . . . those successes are classified and we are not allowed to know about them.  The government wouldn't lie would they?

We spend most of our time spying on the American people and our allies rather that Muslim murderers.

France’s largest telecom group, Orange, has threatened to sue the NSA over hacking the underwater cable that it jointly owns with 15 other companies, French media reported in the wake of the latest Snowden revelation.

In response to the recent report published by Germany’s Der Spiegel, Orange said it was not aware of any intrusion or unlawful actions of this kind.

"We will take legal action in the next few days because we want to know more about the eventuality that Orange data may have been intercepted," an Orange spokeswoman said as cited by Reuters. She added that Orange had had no role whatsoever in the spying reports RT News.

Orange has reiterated that the privacy of correspondence and negotiations can be broken only by special court order, and that the conditions and reasons for such action should be clearly defined in French law, the statement said, according to L’Express.

"Piracy to intercept data is not possible directly through the system of Orange, and such intrusion has not been previously reported," the company said in a statement, as quoted by Le Figaro.
The company now plans to take action in civil court.

On Sunday, Der Spiegel revealed that US intelligence was spying on the SEA-ME-WE-4 cable system that connects Europe with North Africa and the Gulf states and continues through Pakistan and India to Malaysia and Thailand.

According to the report, the Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO) “successfully collected network management information for the SEA-Me-We Undersea Cable Systems (SMW-4)” on February 13, 2013.

As a result, the NSA was able to “gain access to the consortium's management website and collected Layer 2 network information that shows the circuit mapping for significant portions of the network.”

The document, leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said that TAO hacked an internal website of the operator consortium and copied documents stored there pertaining to technical infrastructure.

“More operations are planned in the future to collect more information about this and other cable systems,” the leaked document said, according to Der Spiegel.

Safe from Terror?
Instead of spying on terrorists we hear about the NSA spying on the German Chancellor's cell phone or the emails of the President of Brazil and that nation's oil company.
See our article Obama spies on the terrorist hotbed of Brazil

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