Snowden: NSA Took Down Syria’s Internet, Targeted China
NSA recently provided Israel with intel to target Palestinians
August 13, 2014
National Security whistleblower Edward Snowden claims the super-secret agency was responsible for taking down Syria’s internet two years ago.
The former NSA employee now living in Russia told WIRED the agency inadvertently took down the country’s only ISP when it attempted to insert a backdoor on the network.
Author James Bamford elaborates on Snowden’s claim:
One day an intelligence officer told him that TAO—a division of NSA hackers—had attempted in 2012 to remotely install an exploit in one of the core routers at a major Internet service provider in Syria, which was in the midst of a prolonged civil war. This would have given the NSA access to email and other Internet traffic from much of the country. But something went wrong, and the router was bricked instead—rendered totally inoperable. The failure of this router caused Syria to suddenly lose all connection to the Internet—although the public didn’t know that the U.S. government was responsible.
After the outage Syria blamed terrorists. The establishment media instead said Syria was behind the takedown in an effort to deny communication to mercenary groups trying to overthrow the al-Assad government.