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Snowden Docs: British Spies Used Sex and 'Dirty Tricks'

Publisher: 
NBC News
Publication date: 
07-Feb-2014
Author(s): 
Matthew Cole, Richard Esposito, Mark Schone and Glenn Greenwald
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Eric King, a lawyer who teaches IT law at the London School of Economics and is head of research at Privacy International, a British civil liberties advocacy group, said it was “remarkable” that the British government thought it had the right to hack computers, since none of the U.K.’s intelligence agencies has a “clear lawful authority” to launch their own attacks.

“GCHQ has no clear authority to send a virus or conduct cyber attacks,” said King. “Hacking is one of the most invasive methods of surveillance.” King said British cyber spies had gone on offense with “no legal safeguards” and without any public debate, even though the British government has criticized other nations, like Russia, for allegedly engaging in cyber warfare.

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