US reportedly bugged EU offices, computer networks

from America’s NSA
intelligence service allegedly targeted the European Union with its
spying activities.
According to Der Spiegel information, the US placed bugs
in the EU representation in Washington and infiltrated its computer
network. Cyber attacks were also perpetrated against Brussels in New
York and Washington. 

Information obtained by Der Spiegel shows that America’s National
Security Agency (NSA) not only conducted online surveillance of European
citizens, but also appears to have specifically targeted buildings
housing European Union institutions.
The information appears in secret
documents obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden that Der Spiegel has in
part seen. A “top secret” 2010 document describes how the secret service
attacked the EU’s diplomatic representation in Washington.

The document suggests that in addition to installing bugs in the
building in downtown Washington, DC, the EU representation’s computer
network was also infiltrated.
In this way, the Americans were able to
access discussions in EU rooms as well as emails and internal documents
on computers.


The attacks on EU institutions show yet another level in the broad
scope of the NSA’s spying activities. For weeks now, new details about
Prism and other surveillance programs have been emerging that had been
compiled by whistleblower Snowden. Details have also emerged that the
British intelligence service
GCHQ operates a similar program under the name Tempora with which global telephone and Internet connections are

The documents Der Spiegel has seen indicate that the EU representation to
the United Nations was attacked in a manner similar to the way
surveillance was conducted against its offices in Washington. 

document dated September 2010 explicitly names the Europeans as a
“location target”.

The documents also indicate the US intelligence service was
responsible for an electronic eavesdropping operation in Brussels. A
little over five years ago, EU security experts noticed several
telephone calls that were apparently targeting the remote maintenance
system in the Justus Lipsius Building where the EU Council of Ministers
and the European Council is located. The calls were made to numbers that
were very close to the one used for the remote administration of the
building’s telephone system.

Security officials managed to track the calls to NATO headquarters in
the Brussels suburb of Evere. A precise analysis showed that the
attacks on the telecommunications system had originated from a building
complex separated from the rest of the NATO headquarters that is used by
NSA experts.

A review of the remote maintenance system showed that it had been
called and reached several times from precisely that NATO complex. Every
EU member state has rooms in the Justus Lipsius Building that can be
used by EU ministers. They also have telephone and Internet connections
at their disposal.

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