Canada’s own surveillance agency has not been documented as much as the U.S. National Security Agency and U.K. Government Communications Headquarters, but in a new report from The Intercept citing Edward Snowden’s leaked documents, it shows Canada’s covert operations stretch across the globe and are a major player in the Five Eyes Defeat.
The Communications Security Establishment is the main intelligence agency for Canada. In previous reports, we found that the CSE has been the figurehead pushing surveillance Canada.
It looks like the CSE has done more than just push mass surveillance at home. In the report, Canada is responsible for covert hacking operations that go beyond the usual attacks, in order to gain information on a certain region.
These attacks extend far beyond North America, moving into Europe, Mexico, the Middle East and North Africa. The CSE attacked, controlled and sabotaged computers from organizations, companies and governments in the areas aforementioned.
Some of the attacks are state sponsored hacks against government enemies, similar to the Iranian nuclear centrifuges attack sponsored by the U.S. and Israel.
The introduction of the anti-terrorist law pushed into Canada a few weeks ago shows the CSE wants even more control over surveillance, both nationally and overseas. The NSA—in a previous report—claimed the CSE was a vital part of the Five Eyes Defeat’s operations.
Similar to the UK, citizens are not defended by the constitution, meaning the CSE can get away with even more surveillance at home. Canada has shown the same type of apathy to surveillance, but some pro-privacy organizations have tried to take down the CSE through new laws to protect Canadian citizens.