blog Thought you knew every avenue that the Government had to spy on you? Tapping your phone line, getting access to metadata about your emails and Internet access, watching you through public surveillance cameras, checking into your taxation and health records, hacking into your PC and smartphone directly and so on? Well, now there’s a new way. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, new revelations coming out of US whistleblower Edwards Snowden have revealed that the Australian Signals Directorate habitually taps undersea fibre-optic cables from Australia. The newspaper reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“The nation’s electronic espionage agency, the Australian Signals Directorate, is in a partnership with British, American and Singaporean intelligence agencies to tap undersea fibre optic telecommunications cables that link Asia, the Middle East and Europe and carry much of Australia’s international phone and internet traffic.”
Coming on the heels of the revelations by Crikey last month that Telstra signed a secret agreement last decade with US Government agencies such as the FBI to hand over access to the company’s cables to the US, one does have to say that if Australians want to keep their international telephone and data traffic private, really the only way at the moment is to encrypt and VPN everything, avoiding all of the normal open Internet and telephone lines. And remember: That includes most of your Internet traffic, due to the fact that most popular Internet sites are located overseas. Don’t be fooled; Big Brother is definitely watching.