Originally published by the Intercept, 13 December 2014
This weekend, the Intercept published further corroborating evidence linking the advanced malware known as Regin to GCHQ’s Operation Socialist attack on Begium’s biggest telecommunications company, Belgacom.
Operation Socialist, as the attack was codenamed, is the subject of several revelations from the Snowden archive (one, two, three).
This extract from a September 2009 GCHQ document describes a project codenamed OPULENT PUP, intended to clear the way for exploitation of the A5/3 GSM cipher: see the Intercept article Operation Auroragold: How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide, 4 December 2014.
24 November 2014 – Over the past 24 hours, security companies have released information about an advanced malware tool called Regin.
Symantec described Regin as “a complex piece of malware whose structure displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen”, concluding that the “capabilities and the level of resources behind Regin indicate that it is one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state.”
On Monday, 15 September, the Intercept published an op-ed by Edward Snowden in which he supported the revelation that New Zealand has implemented a system of mass surveillance, drawing on his own personal experience of using XKeyScore as an analyst.
The reliability of Prime Minister John Key’s statements on the status of domestic surveillance in New Zealand, a Five Eyes partner, has become a live issue in that country’s parliamentary election, which will be held on Saturday 20 September. In his latest statement, John Key has admitted that Edward Snowden “may well be right” about the availability New Zealand citizens’ information in XKeyScore.
The Pulitzer Board has awarded the prestigious Public Service award to the Guardian and Washington Post for their reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations. The decision, which had reportedly been the subject of some controversy among the 19-member Prize Board, echoes 1972 prize, given to the New York Post for reporting the Pentagon Papers.