NSA follows international payments with own database




The National Security Agency is closely following the international payments and put all payments followed in its own database. The special section of the NSA is in particular credit card payments.

NSA That reports Der Spiegel on the basis of documents whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA would have set up a special department to follow. International payments The department, ‘follow the money’ called, following especially credit card payments in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In particular, the data from Swift would be followed by the NSA. Closely VISA would also be spied on, all claims a spokesman for the credit card company against Der Spiegel that the payment information can not be.’s Own corporate network from

According to the documents, the NSA many payment data in its own database sites for further analysis. These so-called TRACFIN database would contain approximately 180 million data in 2001. Approximately 84 percent of the archived by follow the money department data would consist of records of credit card payments.

Meanwhile, there are doubts about the statement of security expert Bruce Schneier that the NSA abuse has made ​​the leak at the Dutch certificate authority DigiNotar. According Koen Rouwenhorst, student of computer science at the University of Twente, according to further analysis of the images of the ‘Flying Pig’ documents that the NSA speaks a foreign intelligence service. This would be very small chance that the NSA pointing to himself. Presumably, the Iranian secret service intended, says Rouwenhorst.
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