Hoover set to full suck: Communication Security Establishment’s cyberwarfare toolbox revealed

Top-secret documents obtained by the CBC show Canada’s electronic spy agency has developed a vast arsenal of cyberwarfare tools alongside its U.S. and British counterparts to hack into computers and phones in many parts of the world, including in friendly trade countries like Mexico and hotspots like the Middle East.

The little known Communications Security Establishment wanted to become more aggressive by 2015, the documents also said.

Revelations about the agency’s prowess should serve as a “major wakeup call for all Canadians,” particularly in the context of the current parliamentary debate over whether to give intelligence officials the power to disrupt national security threats, says Ronald Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab, the respected internet research group at University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

“These are awesome powers that should only be granted to the government with enormous trepidation and only with a correspondingly massive investment in equally powerful systems of oversight, review and public accountability,” says Deibert.

Details of the CSE’s capabilities are revealed in several top-secret documents analyzed by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept, a U.S. news website co-founded by Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who obtained the documents from U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden.

  • homo mo

    Top secret stuff isn’t supposed to appear in the public domain.

  • Stronger than Dirt

    The police are already doing all of this and more, imo, only now it’s ‘legal’. The so called ‘secret’ stuff they have according to The Star request is passe … they have more advanced techniques now.

  • Freedom

    No deserves to be investigated by any Goverment unless they are doing something against the law. Do anyone honestly believe someone working for the NSA is not human and could not be blackmailed by the Mafia for cheating on their wife or gambling debt’s. When the Mafia attacked me and my family they knew every single person I ever knew in my life. Where did they get that info?