[cryptography] Michael Haydon on the NSA spying -- blackberries

Jeffrey Walton noloader at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 21:44:25 EDT 2014

On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 9:18 PM, ianG <iang at iang.org> wrote:
> http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/spiegel-interview-with-former-nsa-director-michael-hayden-a-960389-druck.html
> In 2008, when President Obama was elected, he had a BlackBerry. We
> thought, oh God, get rid of it. He said, "No, I am going to keep it." So
> we did some stuff to it to make it a little more secure. We're telling
> the guy who was going to soon be the most powerful man in the most
> powerful country on Earth that if in his national capital he uses his
> cell phone, his BlackBerry, countless number of foreign intelligence
> services are going to listen to his phone calls and read his e-mails.
> It's just the way it is.
Yeah, but the NSA got even by breaking into Vodafone and repurposing
the lawful-intercept gear to spy on world leaders. [0]

The NSA was not caught until they tried to upgrade their malware. The
upgrade caused text message problems. The service problems caused the
engineers to investigate, which uncovered the malware.


[0] See the first ten minutes or so of "Wired Planet" at

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