New documents show that Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide.
The documents were provided to The Intercept website by Edward Snowden, the former NSA systems administrator.
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The Intercept's story about the documents posted Thursday did not allege that intelligence agencies misused the eavesdropping capability. But the surreptitious operation against the world's largest manufacturer of mobile phone data chips is bound to stoke anger around the world.
It fuels an impression that the NSA and its British counterpart will do whatever they deem necessary to further their surveillance prowess, even if it means stealing information from law-abiding Western companies.