Germany Security



German Firms Race to Shield Secrets - Spiegel online: LINK ¤ SPIEGEL ONLINE

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  • Markus Stäudinger - IT security expert at Gustav Eirich Engineering company:

 

 

 

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  • "we were always aware that the intelligence services"

 

 

 

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  • "and business work closely together in the US"

 

 

 

 

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  • "when we heard about what's been going on, it didn't hit us completely out of the blue"

 

 

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  • "Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution"

 

 

 

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  • "estimates that industrial espionage causes damage totalling between30 billion and60 billion per year"

 

 

 

 

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German Intelligence used NSA Spy Program - Spiegel online: LINK ¤ SPIEGEL ONLINE

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  • "Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND"

 

 

 

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  • "and its domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV)"

 

 

 

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  • "used a spying program of the American National Security Agency (NSA)"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Office for the Protection of the Constitution was equipped"

 

 

 

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  • "with a program called XKeyScore"

 

 

 

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  • "intended to expand their ability to support NSA"

 

 

 

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  • "the BND is tasked with instructing the domestic intelligence agency on how to use the program"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the program is a productive espionage tool"

 

 

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  • "starting with the metadata - or information about which data connections were made and when - it is able, for instance"

 

 

 

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  • "to retroactively reveal any terms the target person has typed into a search engine"

 

 

 

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  • "in addition, the system is able to receive a "full take""

 

 

 

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  • "of all unfiltered data over a period of several days"

 

 

 

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  • "including, at least in part, the content of communications"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is relevant from a German perspective, because the documents show"

 

 

 

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  • "that of the up to 500 million data connections from Germany accessed monthly by the NSA"

 

 

 

 

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  • "a major part is collected with XKeyScore"

 

 

 

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  • "for instance, around 180 million in December 2012"

 

 

 

 

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  • "furthermore, the documents show that the cooperation of the German intelligence agencies"

 

 

 

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  • "with the NSA has recently intensified"

 

 

 

 

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  • "reference is made to the "eagerness and desire" of BND head Gerhard Schindler"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the BND has been working to influence the German government"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to relax interpretation of the privacy laws"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to provide greater opportunities of intelligence sharing"

 

 

 

 

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Berlin and the NSA - Spiegel online:
LINK ¤ SPIEGEL ONLINE

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  • "a high-ranking delegation with Germany's foreign intelligence service"

 

 

 

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  • "the BND, travelled to NSA headquarters in Maryland"

 

 

 

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  • "to receive data collection training"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the documents also indicate that workers with Germany's domestic intelligence agency were given training by their American partners"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Hansjörg Geiger, who has served as head of both the BND and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution"

 

 

 

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  • "is likewise furious"

 

 

 

 

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  • "he lambasted the US intelligence services' spying programs"

 

 

 

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  • "saying unlimited data retention and surveillance needs to be stopped"

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is wrong, it is Orwellian"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he called for the creation of an "Intelligence Codex""

 

 

 

 

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  • "to regulate the work of intelligence services within the EU and NATO"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "under it, any intelligence work on the territory of another member state"

 

 

 

 

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  • "would only be allowed with its permission"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and under the agreement that local laws were observed"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "mutual political and economic espionage would be explicity forbidden"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intelligence Agencies in Germany - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES

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deutsche Geheimdienste setzen NSA-Spionagesoftware ein - der Standard
: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "der deutsche Auslandsgeheimdienst BND und das im Inland operierende Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV)"

 

 

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  • "setzen eine Spähsoftware der amerikanischen NSA ein"

 

 

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  • "das System ist ein ergiebiges Spionagewerkzeug"

 

 

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  • "ausgehend von Verbindungsdaten ("Metadaten") läßt sich darüber den Unterlagen zufolge beispielsweise rückwirkend sichtbar machen"

 

 

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  • "welche Stichworte Zielpersonen in Suchmaschinen eingegeben haben"

 

 

 

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  • "zudem ist das System in der Lage"

 

 

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  • "für mehrere Tage einen "full take" aller ungefilterten Daten aufzunehmen"

 

 

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  • "also neben den Verbindungsdaten auch zumindest teilweise Kommunikationsinhalte"

 

 

 

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  • "aus deutscher Perspektive sei das auch deshalb relevant"

 

 

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  • "weil von den monatlich rund 500 Millionen Datensätzen aus Deutschland, auf die die NSA Zugriff hat"

 

 

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  • "ein großer Teil von "XKeyscore" erfasst wird (zum Beispiel rund 180 Millionen im Dezember 2012)"

 

 

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  • "erst Ende April ist eine zwölfköpfige hochrangige BND-Delegation zu Gast bei der NSA gewesen"

 

 

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  • "sie hat dort diverse Spezialisten in Sachen "Datenbeschaffung" getroffen"

 

 

 

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Spähsystem XKeyscore - Spiegel online:
LINK ¤ SPIEGEL ONLINE

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  • "hinter der Bezeichnung verbirgt sich ein Spionagesystem der NSA"

 

 

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  • "das der deutsche Auslandsgeheimdienst BND und das im Inland operierende Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) nutzen"

 

 

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  • "nun hat Verfassungsschutz-Präsident Hans-Georg Maaßen öffentlich eingestanden"

 

 

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  • "das System zu nutzen"

 

 

 

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  • "dass der BND das Werkzeug ebenfalls gut kennt, erschließt sich aus einem NSA-Dokument"

 

 

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  • "darin heißt es, die Kollegen vom BND sollten den Inlandsgeheimdienst"

 

 

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  • "im Umgang mit dem Spionageprogramm schulen"

 

 

 

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NSA-Geheimdienstchef Alexander - Spiegel online:
LINK ¤ SPIEGEL ONLINE

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  • "in Deutschland ist die Empörung über das NSA-Schnüffelprogramm groß, auch darüber, dass selbst befreundete Staaten ausgespäht werden wie Feinde"

 

 

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  • "doch die Besorgnis deutscher Bürger lässt zumindest NSA-Chef Keith Alexander kalt"

 

 

 

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  • "wir sagen ihnen nicht alles, was wir machen oder wie wir es machen"

 

 

 

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  • "aber jetzt wissen sie es"

 

 

 

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  • "sagte er kühl auf einem Sicherheitsforum in Aspen im US-Bundesstaat Colorado"

 

 

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  • "und antwortete damit auf die Frage eines ZDF-Journalisten, ob er überrascht ist von der Reaktion von deutschen Politikern und Behörden"

 

 

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