British intelligence tapping fiber-optic cables for massive amounts of data
The GCHQ surveillance program is even bigger than NSAs, The Guardian says
By Jaikumar Vijayan
June 21, 2013 03:33 PM ET
Computerworld - More secret National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden to The Guardian suggest that the U.S. agency's British counterpart intercepts petabytes worth of communication data daily from fiber-optic cables. The operation codenamed "Tempora" by Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been going on for at least 18 months and involves the use of "intercept probes" attached directly to transatlantic fiber-optic cables landing on British shores from telephone exchanges and Internet servers in North America. Commercial companies, described in the documents only as "intercept partners," were secretly used to attach the intercepts on behalf of the GCHQ. The companies, whose identities have been concealed in the documents, were apparently obliged by law to cooperate with the GCHQ and in some cases paid for their effort.