Spiegel: UK spy agency GCHQ hacked Belgian telecom, Snowden docs reveal


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This is straight up crime. I hope they convict these criminals with the same vigor as they do some poor script kiddie.


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Well, they wouldn’t be very good spies if they didn’t have direct access to foreign telecoms, would they? I always kinda assumed that British Intelligence has front door access to most of this stuff, that’s what I find strange.


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Outside of their own borders they are just common criminals.


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How can we defend Snowden, now that his leaks allow Terrorist Belgians to roam the streets freely, terrorizing the innocent?


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@xeni
Please, if you mean “cracked”, use that word. As a member in good standing of my local Hackerspace, I do mind that the word “hacked” is used in the context of criminal activity. With most ignorant journalists and wikipedia I have no recourse. Within the Boingboing community I am glad I do, and I am sure others share the sentiment. Thank you.


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…conducted under the codename “Operation Socialist,” …

The intel community is really running out of ideas for operation codenames, aren’t they? What’s next; “Operation Anarchy”?


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Ok, I admit it, I don’t understand the distinction you’re making. Is it a legal/illegal issue? A matter of the intentions of the one doing it? Please explain, if you can. Some history or links would be helpful too.


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Sorry, anthonyC. You may compare “Hacker Ethic” and “Hacker” in Wikipedia. If you dig the history of the latter, you will find my attempt to fix it, the response, including a peculiar “Wikipedia’s policies cannot be changed” response by the reverter - which made me quite disheartened with Wikipedia. I know it’s just somebody’s opinion, but it felt like a very sad thing, if any WP policy ever is writ in stone.
See also Jargon File “hacker” entry. And, of minor import maybe, see http://atxinventor.com/2012/03/hacker-or-cracker.html

During the summer I volunteered with a kid’s robotics camp. I wanted to tell them about our Hackerspace here. So I asked if they knew what a “hacker” is. Yes! Yes! “a hacker is someone who gets into your email”. Sad. Most of us do understand the difference, why it matters to use the right one especially in publication, and I hope you will support that too


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Thanks! That’s helpful, actually. I’ll try my best to remember in conversation and writing. It’s funny, I now realize I get them write as verbs, but not nouns.


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