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Alleged: NSA Lured Belgian Cryptographer With Fake LinkedIn Page

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Posted on Feb 1, 2014

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An article published Saturday in the Belgian newspaper De Standaard reports British and American intelligence agencies hacked private networks used by cryptographer and academic Jean-Jacques Quisquater.

Shortly after the story broke, David Meyer at Gigaom reported:

Quisquater’s targeting became apparent during the investigation into the hacking of telecoms firm Belgacom, shown by Edward Snowden’s leaks to be the work of GCHQ. As in that case, the Université catholique de Louvain professor reportedly fell victim to a “quantum insert” trick that duped him into thinking he was visiting LinkedIn to respond to a “request” when he was actually visiting a malware-laden copy of a LinkedIn page.

This is a developing story.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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