Harper Government Spying On Hockey Chat Rooms
Canadian hockey fans beware! Big Brother Stephen Harper is watching you.
According to a report published Sunday by German weekly news magazine, Der Spiegel, the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) “monitors sites devoted to the country’s national pastime.”
CSEC, recently renamed Communications Security Establishment, is Canada’s national electronic intelligence agency.
The report, “Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security,” discusses how the intelligence agencies of the so-called Five Eyes global spy network comprising Canada, the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and New Zealand are undertaking “every effort imaginable to crack all types of encrypted Internet communication.” CSEC is Canada’s main representative agency in the network.
The Der Spiegel report is based on NSA (National Security Agency) training documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden. According to the publication, one such report said: “We have noticed a large increase in chat activity on the hockeytalk sites. This is likely due to the beginning of playoff season.”
The report doesn’t exactly clarify the Canadian agency’s role the enterprise. Still, the role of CSEC, which which costs Canadian taxpayers $350 million annually, cannot be underestimated.
As part of the Five Eyes, CSEC is fully integrated into the NSA’s spying operations. CSEC also spies on Canadians. The NSA has easy access to whatever information CSEC collects on Canadians.
During the 2010 G8 and G20 summits in Toronto, CSEC conducted widespread surveillance in Canada. It has reportedly spied on Canadian travelers. Late last year, the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) filed a lawsuit against CSEC, claiming that the agency’s “broad and unchecked surveillance of Canadians is unconstitutional.”
The Toronto Star recently reported that “Canada actively spied for NSA.” Previous Snowden leaks have confirmed that “CSEC conducted espionage activities for U.S. in 20 countries.”
There is some good news. Turns out the CSEC, NSA and their friends still have a long way to go before they can beat all the encryption technologies activists and hackers can use to protect their online identities and activities.
“New Snowden documents show that some forms of encryption still cause problems for the NSA,” Der Spiegel reports. And, there are some “encryption tools the NSA still can’t crack.”
The NSA hit the brick wall against encrypted email service Zoho, and Tor, a free software that allows you to browse the Internet anonymously.
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