LONDON: Former Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) officer Edward Snowden on Tuesday revealed that the British secret department of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been monitoring Pakistan’s communication data.
Snowden, who has been residing in Moscow, revealed the shocking information during an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Snowden stated that to access such data, an exploitation of computer network was used. He stated that the information was accesed by hacking routers of CISCO. Snowden also stated that the spying was done with the permission of the British government.
Snowden stated that the apparent aim of such an act was to aid in the identification of terrorists.
The British government has refused to comment on Snowden’s revelations.
Snowden also revealed that it is almost impossible to protect the access of data of modern day smart phones from the security agencies.