(The Hosting News) – Documents released by former NSA worker, Edward Snowden, reveal the identity of the hackers who hacked into a Belgium telecom company back in September. The British spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), hacked into Belgacom’s routers and networks by creating fake LinkedIn and Slashdot pages.
According to German newspaper Der Spiegel, the British agency’s attack was part of an operation known as “Socialist”, a scheme intended “to enable better exploitation of Belgacom and to improve understanding of the provider’s infrastructure.”
By clicking on the LinkedIn pages, malware was installed onto the company’s computers, giving British Intelligent agency the ability to obtain passwords, email addresses, and account information.
Reports from Wired state that Belgacom’s computers were penetrated by a method known as Quantum Insert Technology. Originally developed by the NSA, this technology “involves placing high-speed servers at key internet switching points to conduct a man-in-the-middle attack when a target tries to surf the web.”
Belgacom wasn’t the only company targeted by the GCHQ. Six employee computers from Mach, an international phone billing company based in Luxembourg, were also hacked using the same technology.
No comments have been released by the agency in regards to the leaked hacking documents.