Telco assisted in reaching GCHQ interception undersea fiber optic cables




The telecommunications company Cable & Wireless, currently owned by Vodafone, the British intelligence service GCHQ helped extensively to tap undersea fiber optic cables, according to new Snowden documents. GCHQ also had access to 63 undersea fiber optic cables.

According to documents published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung that the British intelligence service GCHQ in 2009 many important international fiber connecting bled. It would be at least 63 fiber connections, according to a list of “partners” of GCHQ. Purveyor, the firm Cable & Wireless have been that this company would GCHQ, and thus his colleagues from the NSA, at some 29 fiber connections have data access. Thus, the British intelligence service gained access to 70 percent of all Internet data processed for ‘analysis’.

The collaboration between Cable & Wireless, since 2012 part of Vodafone, according to German newspaper went so far as to GCHQ employees worked full-time at the telecom provider. There was also conducted between 2008 and 2012 regular consultations between the two parties and GCHQ would have paid out millions of pounds in “compensation”. Vodafone denies this but do not know in a comment that the company must comply with the legal regulations in the UK are made as to drain requests. Furthermore, Vodafone wants to mention that it can not conclude from the records that have violated the German, British or European legislation.

GCHQ also revealed to process large amounts of data from the international fiber connections for their masking. So the secret service had access in 2009 to 592 10Gbit / s connections with 69 so-called egress connections which also reach speeds of up to 10Gbit / s. British intelligence also indicated in the same year that it wanted to expand its drainage capacity significantly.

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