Network Cabling Services Telecom used by NSA to spy Europe and Asia German news magazine Der Spiegel reported today citing classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Spiegel quoted NSA papers dating from February and labelled “top secret” and “not for foreigners” describing the agency’s success in spying on the so-called Sea-Me-We 4 undersea telecommunication cable system.
According to the website of the project Sea-Me-We 4 “the South East Asia-Middle East-West Europe 4 project is a next generation submarine cable system linking South East Asia to Europe via the Indian Sub-Continent and Middle East.
NSA terms this “interdiction.” Agents divert shipments to secret warehouses, carefully open the packages, install the software and/or hardware, and send them on their way.
The project aims to take these regions to the forefront of global communication by significantly increasing the bandwidth and global connectivity of users along its route between Singapore and France.” says report.
The massive bundle of fibre optic cables originates near the southern French city of Marseille and links Europe with north Africa and the Gulf states, continuing through Pakistan and India to Malaysia and Thailand.
Former CIA Edward Snowden’s documents have uncovered a secret NSA hacking unit which delivered the US some of its most significant intelligence information in recent years