NSA accused of hacking into UN internal video conferences for a year

By John Glenday | Reporter

August 26, 2013 | 1 min read

America’s National Security Agency has been hit by fresh allegations of spying after Germany’s Der Spiegel accused it of illegally spying on the UN in New York for a year.

Citing a number of documents which ‘stemmed’ from whistle-blower Edward Snowden the news magazine contends that the secretive organisation first intercepted video conference messages in the summer of 2012 and continued to do so for nearly a year.

One document obtained by the magazine quoted an unnamed agent saying: “The data traffic gives us internal video teleconferences of the United Nations (yay!)”.

In the weeks following the hack the NSA is believed have decrypted 458 messages, a number which is now likely to be far higher.

Further allegations in the publication assert that the NSA oversaw a Special Collection Service which monitored 80 embassies and consulates around the world, a list of bodies thought to include the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Union.

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