Featured Articles

Intel refreshes CPU roadmap

Intel refreshes CPU roadmap

Intel has revealed an update to its CPU roadmap and some things have changed in 2015 and beyond. Let’s start with the…

More...
Hands on: Nvidia Shield Tablet with Android 5.0

Hands on: Nvidia Shield Tablet with Android 5.0

We broke the news of Nvidia's ambitious gaming tablet plans back in May and now the Shield tablet got a bit…

More...
Nokia N1 Android tablet ships in Q1 2015

Nokia N1 Android tablet ships in Q1 2015

Nokia has announced its first Android tablet and when we say Nokia, we don’t mean Microsoft. The Nokia N1 was designed…

More...
Marvell launches octa-core 64-bit PXA1936

Marvell launches octa-core 64-bit PXA1936

Marvell is better known for its storage controllers, but the company doesn’t want to give up on the smartphone and…

More...
Nvidia GTX 970 SLI tested

Nvidia GTX 970 SLI tested

Nvidia recently released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture, with exceptional performance-per-watt. The Geforce GTX 970…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:09

NSA monitors all calls in Bahamas

Written by Nick Farrell

No secrets there

If you make a call in the Bahamas there will be an NSA spook listening in, according to new documents released from the Snowden cache. The National Security Agency is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas under a a top-secret system – code-named SOMALGET.

It was started without the knowledge or consent of the Bahamian government and was legally obtained in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to open a backdoor to the country’s mobile telephone network.

The system allows the NSA to covertly record and store the “full-take audio” of every mobile call made to, from and within the Bahamas and to replay those calls for up to a month. This means all that phone sex you did on holiday will probably be played at the NSA Christmas party.

A similar programme is being used in Mexico, the Philippines, and Kenya but that is not as elaborate or pervasive.

All told, the NSA is using MYSTIC to gather personal data on mobile calls placed in countries with a combined population of more than 250 million people. And according to classified documents, the agency is seeking funding to export the sweeping surveillance capability elsewhere.

Of course by targeting the Bahamas’ entire mobile network, the NSA is intentionally collecting and retaining intelligence on millions of people who have not been accused of any crime or terrorist activity. This includes Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey who visit the island a lot.

Of course the Bahamas could withdraw support for the US’s war on drugs to stop the snooping and that would mean that it would be a brilliant place to ship drugs and launder the cash. But hey, it is better to spy on innocent people than have a decent crime strategy.

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments