Report: Britain hacked Belgian telecom operator

Sep 20, 2013

A news magazine is citing documents leaked by Edward Snowden as saying that Britain's spy services were behind a sophisticated cyber-espionage scheme targeting Belgium's main phone operator.

Germany's Der Spiegel reported Friday that classified documents obtained from Snowden indicate Britain's GCHQ signals was behind the spying attack on Belgacom's IT system that Belgium revealed last week and which apparently stretched over the past few years. The firm also serves European Union institutions based in Belgium.

Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo said the investigation into an apparently sophisticated cyber-espionage case was ongoing; he added the report will be "closely examined."

"If the hypothesis involving another country is confirmed, we will of course undertake the necessary steps," he said. He did not specify possible .

GCHQ declined to comment.

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baudrunner
3 / 5 (2) Sep 20, 2013
Apparently, England sees every other country in the world as the enemy. Their conduct is evident of that. What they don't appear to realize is that in doing this they are making themselves appear to be the enemy of everyone else. When are they going to get off their high horse and learn from history? They've been kicked out of every nation whose peoples they have tried to subjugate. Just what the heck are they planning to do with that $6 billion nuclear powered, nuclear armed submarine of theirs anyway? Are they constructing any more of them? And why Belgium, for god's sake? What twits.

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