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British Spies Hacked Telecom Network by Luring Engineers to Fake LinkedIn Pages
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 06:52:43 +0000 (UTC)
By Kim Zetter
British spies hacked into the routers and networks of a Belgian
telecommunications company by tricking telecom engineers into clicking on
malicious LinkedIn and Slashdot pages, according to documents released by
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Once engineers with Belgacom clicked on the fake pages, malware was
installed surreptitiously onto their machines, giving the spooks with
Britain's GCHQ the ability to penetrate the internal networks of Belgacom
and its subsidiary BICS.
The primary aim, reports the German newspaper der Spiegel, which obtained
the documents, was to compromise the GRX router system that BICS
controlled, in order to intercept mobile phone traffic that got
transmitted by the router.
The elaborate scheme, dubbed "Operation Socialist," involved first
identifying key telecom administrators and members of computer security
teams who likely had access to sensitive parts of the Belgacom network.
The spies then produced a dossier of the targets' email addresses, social
networking accounts and online reading habits using open source
information that the employees freely provided online.
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- British Spies Hacked Telecom Network by Luring Engineers to Fake LinkedIn Pages InfoSec News (Nov 12)