U.S. spied on United Nations by hacking into video conferencing system at New York headquarters: report

National Post | News

The German magazine Der Spiegel says the U.S. National Security Agency secretly monitored the U.N.’s internal video conferencing system by decrypting it last year.

The weekly said Sunday that documents it obtained from American leaker Edward Snowden show the NSA decoded the system at the UN’s headquarters in New York last summer.

Quoting leaked NSA documents, the article said the decryption “dramatically increased the data from video phone conferences and the ability to decode the data traffic.”

In three weeks, Der Spiegel said, the NSA increased the number of decrypted communications at the UN from 12 to 458.

Snowden’s leaks have exposed details of the United States’ global surveillance apparatus, sparking an international debate over the limits of American spying.

The U.S. government’s efforts to determine which highly classified materials the leaker took from the National Security Agency have been frustrated by Snowden’s sophisticated efforts to cover his digital trail…

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