August 28, 2013
The National Security Agency (NSA) hacked into the UN’s internal video-conferencing system.
Because of this, the UN plans to speak with the US about the invasion.
Der Spiegel , reporting on information provided to them from the Guardian and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, pointed to documents that stated the NSA cracked the codes to spy on the UN in 2012.
Farhan Haq, spokesperson for the UN said: “We’re aware of the reports and we intend to be in touch with the relevant authorities on this.”
The UN is protected from espionage with international laws governing diplomatic activities.
The NSA hacked into the European Union (EU), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other UN agencies.
Haq said: “Therefore member states are expected to act accordingly to protect the inviolability of diplomatic missions.”
The NSA bugged more than 80 embassies and consulates across the globe under the program called special collection service (SCS).
Der Spiegel said intelligence officers observed the Chinese secret service eavesdropping on the UN; taking advantage of the previous hack.
In 2010, the Guardian teamed up with Der Spiegel to publish documents leaked by Bradley Manning provided by WikiLeaks.
The SCS is a classified Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and NSA tasked with eavesdropping in difficult-to-reach places; including foreign embassies, communication centers and foreign government installations.
Paid for with black budgeting, the SCS is called in to preform “”close surveillance, burglary, wiretapping, and breaking and entering.”
At the State Department’s Beltsville Communications Annex (BCA), the CIA and NSA have operatives that use foreign service (FS) or diplomatic telecommunications service (DTS) as a cover when deployed to US embassies.
The relationship between the CIA and the NSA was borne out of a need to intercept “passively” foreign communications.
The NSA provided this; while the CIA added specialized agents to preform clandestine operations to enhance the success rate of intelligence capabilities and communications systems.