German secret service intercepted connections to Netherlands finished ‘- update




n cooperation with the NSA intercepted the German secret service BND internet cables off as the Netherlands, like France and Austria. This enables a politician of an Austrian political party, which claims to have evidence for it.

Austrian Greens politician because of the spying both the German secret service as a telecom provider Deutsche Telekom, parent company also active in the Netherlands T-Mobile sued. Since 2005, the Secret Service should work with the telecom provider Internet connections particular to the Netherlands, France, Austria and Luxembourg have drained, reports the German magazine Der Spiegel. Or with links to Belgium, also a neighbor of Germany are tapped, is unclear.

The connections to the Netherlands would be drained through the DE-CIX, an Internet hub in Germany. It is unclear what was the extent of the taper. During a press conference in Berlin did Pilz explained that a connection between Salzburg and Amsterdam has been drained, as well as a connection between Rotterdam and Vienna. That says Germany correspondent Jeroen Wollaars of the NIS on Twitter. Pilz reported no further details; according Wollaars he wants to first ‘discuss with Dutch politicians.

It is unclear whether the taps were among the Eikonal drain program, which came to light in October. This joint venture between the NSA and the BND was put stop in 2008, after it appeared that repeated data of German online were shared with the NSA. That was against the agreement: movement of Germans would be filtered out.

Recently stopped Germany with the channeling large-scale metadata on Internet traffic to the NSA. It is unclear whether the intercepted cables to the Netherlands covered by it. The espionage last month caused quite a stir when, among other aircraft manufacturer Airbus appeared to be overheard.

Update, 10:59: More details about tapped connections added.

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