Canada has its own NSA-like cybersnooping agency that you may not have heard about. It's called the Communications Security Establishment, and The Intercept claims to have found documents showing that the agency has already hacked networks Europe, Mexico, the Middle East and North Africa.
The Intercept explains how one document details the wide variety of methods that the CSE uses to crack international computer systems:
One document from CSE, dated from 2011, outlines the range of methods the Canadian agency has at its disposal as part of a “cyber activity spectrum” to both defend against hacking attacks and to perpetrate them. CSE says in the document that it can “disable adversary infrastructure,” “control adversary infrastructure,” or “destroy adversary infrastructure” using the attack techniques. It can also insert malware “implants” on computers to steal data.
What's worse is the fact that the CSE is even suspected to be partaking in "false flag" operations.
The Intercept explains:
According to the Snowden documents, it has a range of “deception techniques” in its toolbox. These include “false flag” operations to “create unrest,” and using so-called “effects” operations to “alter adversary perception.” A false-flag operation usually means carrying out an attack, but making it look like it was performed by another group — in this case, likely another government or hacker. Effects operations can involve sending out propaganda across social media or disrupting communications services. The newly revealed documents also reveal that CSE says it can plant a “honeypot” as part of its deception tactics, possibly a reference to some sort of bait posted online that lures in targets so that they can be hacked or monitored.
Canada is known around the world for its politeness. If the documents that The Intercept has discovered are true, then we might have to rethink Canada's nice-guy mentality as something much more sinister lurks behind the surface. Oh, and the fact that Chinese hackers have been targeting our Canadian neighbors might make a whole lot more sense.