Hacking of Belgacons Network Had Far-Stretched Effects - Reports
Published By : 15 Dec 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
The hacking of Belgian telecom company Belgacom’s computers, alleged to have undertaken by British hackers, had far-stretched effects than what were earlier assumed, and the act went undetected for over two years, state new reports presented on last week’s Saturday.
The information about the hacking into Belgacom’s networks was out late in 2013 when an official response to the allegations made by Belgium was sought from Britain. Belgium had alleged that the British intelligence service was responsible for the act.
News agencies and a prominent website regularly report about the documents leaked in relation with the hacking by Edward Snowden, a former U.S. security contractor. On Saturday, an account of how the scheme must have allegedly worked was published.
The reports stated that the digital attack on Belgacom, the hackers were able to intercept more data than were previously assumed. The reports claim that GCHQ, the British surveillance agency, entered the Belgacom’s network in 2011 by hacking three employee accounts and was then able to traverse through the network quite undetected for more than two and a half years.
GCHQ was thus able to track communication from Belgacom’s clients, clients of a number of international telecom providers and from EU and NATO. The attack represents an exceptional case of violation of privacy of any individual using a mobile telephone. The Intercept, the website that has been actively reporting about the hacking, has stated that its reports were validated by confidential documents from Snowden, who is currently residing in Russia and on interviews with people familiar with the investigation.