Thales/Ercom deal heralds further concentration in French cyber sector
Thales impending takeover of Ercom is forcing other interception and cyberintelligence firms to find new strategies. [...]
The DGSE (Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure) is France’s external intelligence service. Operating all over the world, the agents of its operations department, or DO, and intelligence department, DR, have distinguished themselves recently in Africa and the Middle East. The service’s technical department, or DT, is France’s dedicated interceptions service, like Britain’s GCHQ or the NSA in the US.
Two weeks before the failed coup to overthrow Gabon's President Ali Bongo, it emerged that a commando of former French soldiers were in the country. In the light of Gabonese concerns over the affair, the French authorities have launched a discreet investigation into the group. [...]