Western cyber-attack experts make beeline for South East Asia
After their recent focus on the Latin American cyber-intelligence market, interceptions firms from Israel and other countries have set their sights on South-East Asia. [...]
Signals Intelligence, or SIGINT, is the interception of telecommunications that has become an increasingly central part of intelligence-gathering. Depending on the country, SIGINT is carried out by a dedicated agency – such as the NSA in the US or GCHQ in the United Kingdom – or by specific departments in intelligence services – such as the technical departments of France’s DGSE or Germany’s BND. Edward Snowden’s revelations about bulk data collection by the NSA has created mixed feelings about the role of SIGINT in modern society. Since digital communications are increasingly encrypted, SIGINT needs ever more powerful calculators for decryption.
Committed to a vast programme to strengthen its space capacities as Russia and China race to do the same, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has introduced a string of initiatives to protect its intelligence and communication satellites. [...]