South China Morning Press Exclusives: Snowden Reveals Hacking of University and Mobile Phone Systems
Sorry to go all copy/paste again; weekends are busy chore days here. I just wanted to make sure to help keep the story rolling along. The Guardian doesn’t have this yet, but Glenn’s current piece ‘On the Espionage Act charges against Edward Snowden’says that he’s working on ‘more stories’. It’s a simply stupendous piece; he doesn’t mince words.
Exclusive from SCMP: ‘NSA targeted China’s Tsinghua University in extensive hacking attacks, says Snowden (my bolds)’:
Tsinghua University in Beijing, widely regarded as the mainland’s top education and research institute, was the target of extensive hacking by US spies this year, according to information leaked by Edward Snowden.
It is not known how many times the prestigious university has been attacked by the NSA but details shown to the Post by Snowden reveal that one of the most recent breaches was this January. [snip]
Snowden said the information he shared on the Tsinghua University attacks provided evidence of NSA hacking because the specific details of external and internal internet protocol addresses could only have been obtained by hacking or with physical access to the computers.
The university is home to one of the mainland’s six major backbone networks, the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) from where internet data from millions of Chinese citizens could be mined.
The network was the country’s first internet backbone network and has evolved into the world’s largest national research hub. [snip]
Snowden said the NSA was focusing much attention on so-called “network backbones”, through which vast amounts of date passed.
In the wake of Snowden’s claims, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs set up an office to deal with diplomatic activities involving cyber security.
The new cyber affairs office is the first of its kind on the mainland with a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman saying that Beijing, long accused of cyberhacking by the United States, has been a “a major victim” of cyberattacks and that it opposed “cyberattacks in all forms”.
In another Exclusive from CSCMP: ‘US hacks Chinese mobile phone companies, steals SMS data: Edward Snowden:
The US government is hacking Chinese mobile phone companies to steal millions of text messages, Edward Snowden has told the South China Morning Post. And the former National Security Agency contractor claims he has the evidence to prove it.
The former CIA technician and NSA contractor, hiding in Hong Kong after the US sought his arrest, made the claims after revealing to the Post that the NSA had snooped on targets in Hong Kong and on the mainland.
For years, cybersecurity experts on the mainland have been concerned that telecommunications equipment was vulnerable to so-called “backdoor” attacks, taking advantage of foreign-made components. They have kept quiet because domestic hardware suppliers were still striving to catch up with their international competitors.
Now, as the likes of Huawei, Datang and ZTE dramatically improve their suite of products and the reliance on foreign-made parts has dropped, some experts with ties to Beijing have become more vocal.
Also from today (their tomorrow): ‘Edward Snowden ‘in safe place’ in Hong Kong, but time running out; Edward Snowden has not been detained or put under police protection and is “in a safe place” in Hong Kong, but experts say time is running out for Snowden if he intends to leave Hong Kong and seek asylum elsewhere.
On the other hand, from the Guardian: ‘Edward Snowden extradition attempts ‘could take years’; Hong Kong legal experts say US could face lengthy diplomatic and legal process to try NSA whistleblower in American court.