NSA whistleblower and Putin poster boy Edward Snowden apparently released yet another document, this one exposing UK cyber spying techniques allegedly used by the GCHQ.
The document, according to The Intercept lists multiple tools that the UK intelligence agency used to spy on social media accounts, interrupt or modify communication and even modify online polls.
- UNDERPASS – Change outcome of online polls
- SILVERLORD – Disruption of video-based websites hosting extremist content
- ANGRY PIRATE – Permanently disables a target’s account on a computer
- PREDATORS FACE – Targeted Denial Of Service against Web Servers
- And several others.
The release again leaves me scratching my head.
From ancient times countries spied on each other, even their allies. Only the most naive would assume this practice has magically stopped in the online age. I do love how shocked governments appeared in the media when they found out that the NSA was snooping on them, what a joke.
And in this case, several of these tools listed sound like they are more geared towards fighting or countering online use of enemy communications possibly by Islamic militants.
One would have to ask, does this release from Snowden make the people of the UK or the US safer from government snooping, or more likely would it tell enemy nations exactly what tools have been and will be used against them?
Again with Snowden one would have to ask, is he a champion of internet privacy or simply just a traitor to the US and her allies, exposing tools and techniques used against foreign nations and in the war on terror?
With Snowden pushing for an extension of his stay in Russia, it would seem the later would be correct.