More revelations coming from NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The South China Morning Post reports the US government is hacking Chinese mobile phone companies to steal millions of text messages (SMS data). Edward Snowden says he has the evidence to prove it.
“There’s far more than this,” Snowden said in an interview on June 12. “The NSA does all kinds of things like hack Chinese cell phone companies to steal all of your SMS data.” Source: South China Morning Post
The Guardian is only too happy to keep this going. I will admit this snooping is over the top, but China is doing the same thing. What Edward Snowden is doing is unforgivable, particularly showing classified documents to pro-Beijing South China Morning Post. He will give documents to the highest bidder to save his hide. This is a travesty.
US spies have also hacked China’s prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing and Asia Pacific fibre-optic network operator Pacnet, the Post quoted Snowden as saying.
The Post said Snowden had provided documents listing operational details of specific attacks on computers, including internet protocal (IP) addresses, over a four-year period. Government data shows almost 900 billion text messages were exchanged in China in 2012.
The Post has previously quoted Snowden saying there have been more than 61,000 NSA hacking operations globally, targeting powerful “network backbones” that can yield access to hundreds of thousands of individual computers. He said these included hundreds of targets in mainland China and Hong Kong.
Snowden told the Post in the report published Saturday that Tsinghua University, which counts China’s President Xi Jinping and previous President Hu Jintao among its graduates, was the target of extensive hacking by the US.
The university, which is home to one of the mainland’s six major backbone networks from where Internet data from millions of Chinese citizens can be gathered, was breached as recently as January, he said.
In 2009, the NSA also attacked Pacnet, the owner of one of the region’s biggest fibre-optic networks, the Post reported, citing information provided by Snowden. Pacnet, which is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, owns 46,000 kilometres of fibre and operates in 13 countries, according to its website. Source: AFP
Still think Edward Snowden isn’t a traitor? He seems to have forgotten the Chinese government is engaged in all kinds of untoward behavior. My question throughout this whole scandal remains the same, how did Edward Snowden get his hands on so much information after being on the job for such a short period of time? For the record, I don’t like what is going on, but given what happened on 9/11/01, our liberties won’t ever be the same. With that said, I would have more respect for Edward Snowden if he didn’t punk out and flee to Hong Kong, but stayed here to take it like a man.
My God. Now Snowden is showing US classified documents to the Chinese, not just telling them things. Unforgiveable. http://t.co/SkuEF4mrJ2
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) June 22, 2013