Operation Socialist The Inside Story Of How British Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco

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Operation Socialist The Inside Story Of How British Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco
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Date 2014 / 2014-12-13
Editor/Conference The Intercept
Link https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/13/belgacom-hack-gchq-inside-story/ (Archive copy)
Author Ryan Gallagher
Type Press article

Abstract

Last year, documents from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden confirmed that British surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters was behind the attack, codenamed Operation Socialist. And in November, The Intercept revealed that the malware found on Belgacom’s systems was one of the most advanced spy tools ever identified by security researchers, who named it “Regin.”

The full story about GCHQ’s infiltration of Belgacom, however, has never been told. Key details about the attack have remained shrouded in mystery—and the scope of the attack unclear.

Bibtex

 @misc{Gallagher2014BFR329,
   editor = {The Intercept},
   author = {Ryan Gallagher},
   title = {Operation Socialist The Inside Story Of How British Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco},
   date = {13},
   month = Dec,
   year = {2014},
   howpublished = {\url{https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/13/belgacom-hack-gchq-inside-story/}},
 }