News.co.uk – Australian phone network exposed to US intelligence service source News Corp Australia – The Australian Government’s secret communications infrastructure is used by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence agencies, according to a report.
The report, from the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), revealed the network was “used by Australian law enforcement agencies” and “by the US military”.
“The GCSB report revealed that the NSA and other agencies regularly use the network to monitor and access Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure,” it said.
The GCCB report, which was obtained by News Corp, found the GCSA, the Australian Government Communications System (AGCS), provides a “back door” to access the data of Australians, meaning it is available to agencies from the US and other countries.
“The Australian Intelligence Services (AIS) use the GCCA to monitor Australian telecommunications and to access Australian data, but the AIS only uses it for law enforcement purposes,” it added.
The US and Australian governments are currently embroiled in a legal battle over the extent of their surveillance cooperation, with the US accusing Australia of spying on it.
It is understood the GPCB report found Australia had a “substantial” US presence, including two locations, “the Australian Strategic Communications Centre” (ASCC) and “the US Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the UK”.”GCHQ and NSA are the only two entities known to use Australia’s GCCS to conduct surveillance on other governments,” it read.
“Australia has provided the NSA with extensive data about Australian telephone numbers, which is used for target selection.”
The report said the GCOB, which operates Australia’s domestic phone network, had also used the network.”GCCS is a key telecommunications infrastructure in the Government’s communications network and is used in some of the country’s most sensitive and sensitive intelligence-gathering operations,” it continued.
“This is particularly true for the AUSC, as the AUC provides the backbone for the Government communications system.”
It is unclear how many Australian entities operate GCSS, as no government organisation has confirmed that they use the system.
“It is possible, however, that GCS-related services may be used as part of Australia’s global communications infrastructure.”
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