Suddenly a few lines of program code appeared where they didn’t belong. Was it America’s NSA? Or maybe another intelligence service? It’s difficult to know.
Juniper Networks, a California-based internet security software company, warned the public at the end of last year that it had found two backdoors in an operating system used by some of its firewalls. Whoever knew how to exploit these holes could monitor encrypted data on thousands of devices. And just who was responsible for this breach? The main suspect, perhaps unsurprisingly, is the NSA.
If there is one thing foreign governments have learned from the revelations by former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden, it is that intelligence services around the world can and do go to great lengths to spy on other governments.
The German government, shaken from its naiveté by the revelation that the NSA eavesdropped on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone, is now making a real effort, and spending substantial sums, protecting itself from foreign intelligence services.