At the G20 summit held near St. Petersburg in September, attending delegates representing the 20 most powerful nations in the world have been handed gifts that included malware-laden USB drives and specially crafted mobile phone chargers able to steal information, it is claimed in a report published by Italian daily newspaper La Stampa.
There is nothing wrong with spying on foreign national leaders, even when they are allies, said NSA head General Keith Alexander and NI director James Clapper at a hearing before the US House Select Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
Following Le Monde's Monday report on NSA's systematic gathering of phone call data of French citizens and the recording of certain calls and text messages has made the French prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, call in the US ambassador in Paris and demand explanations.
Perhaps no country in the world has been as vocal about doing something about NSA's global Internet surveillance reach as Brazil.
Edward Snowden's successful exfiltration of confidential NSA documents has proved that the background checks executed for government personnel in order to receive the needed security clearance are not foolproof.
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