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#1 User is online   Dean Adam Smithee 

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 02:02 PM

‘The intelligence coup of the century’
February 11, 2020

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For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.

The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S. troops during World War II. Flush with cash, it became a dominant maker of encryption devices for decades, navigating waves of technology from mechanical gears to electronic circuits and, finally, silicon chips and software.

The Swiss firm made millions of dollars selling equipment to more than 120 countries well into the 21st century. Its clients included Iran, military juntas in Latin America, nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, and even the Vatican.

But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly owned by the CIA in a highly classified partnership with West German intelligence. These spy agencies rigged the company’s devices so they could easily break the codes that countries used to send encrypted messages...


...“It was the intelligence coup of the century,” the CIA report concludes. “Foreign governments were paying good money to the U.S. and West Germany for the privilege of having their most secret communications read by at least two (and possibly as many as five or six) foreign countries.”

From 1970 on, the CIA and its code-breaking sibling, the National Security Agency, controlled nearly every aspect of Crypto’s operations — presiding with their German partners over hiring decisions, designing its technology, sabotaging its algorithms and directing its sales targets...


...They monitored Iran’s mullahs during the 1979 hostage crisis, fed intelligence about Argentina’s military to Britain during the Falklands War, tracked the assassination campaigns of South American dictators and caught Libyan officials congratulating themselves on the 1986 bombing of a Berlin disco...

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 05:34 PM

I see a similar attempt in China building G5 mobile phone networks with Huawei technology (largely based technology stolen from the west). If they can control the communications hardware, they can spy and/or cut the communications ability of whoever uses it.
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Posted 12 February 2020 - 06:14 PM

View PostBubbajoebob, on 12 February 2020 - 05:34 PM, said:

I see a similar attempt in China building G5 mobile phone networks with Huawei technology (largely based technology stolen from the west). If they can control the communications hardware, they can spy and/or cut the communications ability of whoever uses it.


It's why Huawei has been (unofficially) banned from the US infrastructure market since 2012 and the Trump administration is trying to make it official.
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Posted Yesterday, 06:40 PM

For the RN record, I oppose the UK govt allowing some access by Huawei to our networks.
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