Another Leak From Edward Snowden – “Quantum Insert”: GCHQ and NSA Used Fake Slashdot and LinkedIn Pages To Install Spyware
The former NSA (Nationa Security Agency) contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the GCHQ (British intelligence agency) used fake Slashdot and LinkedIn pages to plant malicious software within a Belgian telecommunications company.
Der Spiegel reported that these leaked documents show that the GCHQ used a “quantum insert” method to redirect Belgacom (the largest telecommunication company in Belgium) employees to fake websites that contained malware. The program aimed to higher-level employees that had “good access” to company’s infrastructure.
It was revealed back in September, 2013 that both the GCHQ and NSA were using the “quantum insert” method, also called as MIMA (man in the middle attack) and that was used to “enable better exploitation” of Belgacom company, but creating fake versions of Slashdot and LinkedIn takes the plot a step farther.
Belgacom is a GRE (Global Roaming Exchange) provider, which handles Internet traffic of mobiles users who travels internationally. Der Spiegel also reported that the NSA and GCHQ also targeted OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) employees.
LinkedIn denied any knowledge of this top secret program and that it “would never approve such activity”.