Snowden: Surveillance Couldn’t Prevent Paris Attack


From the article at Tech Dirt:

And the NSA goes further than simply utilizing man-in-the-middle attacks to “make copies” of anything interesting other countries’ surveillance networks have picked up. The presentation lays out the NSA’s use of “fourth party collections” to deploy its own exploits (called “victim stealing”) or collect new exploits being deployed by other surveillance agencies.

The stuff the NSA pulls from other surveillance networks is then routed away from the agency in order to cover its tracks. Anything that might lead back to the agency is obscured, which could easily result in innocent persons or companies being targeted by irritated foreign surveillance agencies who happen to notice their networks have been accessed by others.

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