UK spies acquired vast amounts of communications data from Pakistan: Snowden

LONDON: Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has revealed that Britain´s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) agency had acquired vast amounts of communications data from inside Pakistan by secretly hacking into routers manufactured by the US company, Cisco.


The whistleblower said in an interview with the BBC´s programme, British spies can hack into phones remotely with a simple text message and make audio recordings or take photos without owners knowing.

Snowden, who has been charged by the US with espionage and theft of government property after leaking documents to the media about digital espionage, has been living in exile in Russia since June 2013.

According to the British Broadcast programme, the UK government had allowed to spy.

The BBC said the government had declined to comment in line with usual policy on intelligence matters.