Military Review

French version of "Prism"

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The newspaper Le Monde assumes the obligation to report that the French Foreign Intelligence Agency (DGSE) systematically monitors electromagnetic signals emanating from computers or telephones in France, as well as the entire flow of these signals emanating from France abroad: all our communications are monitored. Letters in e-mail, SMS, data on phone calls, as well as data on access to Facebook and Twitter have been collected and stored for many years, ”the newspaper writes.


When collecting information, the special service is interested, according to Monde, not so much the content of messages or calls, as much as “metadata” - information that allows you to establish contacts and the medium of communication of one or another subscriber. The Office receives information about the date, place, time, duration of the call, the volume of the message, queries made in the search engines Google, Yahoo, as well as any user activity on the sites of Facebook, Apple, Microsoft.

The accumulated data is stored in a supercomputer installed in the basements of the headquarters of the French Foreign Intelligence Agency. It is capable of processing tens of millions of gigabytes of data. About the development of such powerful equipment, Bernard Barbier, technical director of the department, spoke back in 2010, at a symposium on information and communication security. In addition, according to the technical director, the ministry has “the strongest team of cryptomathematians in France”. The main goal of all these measures, according to official statements by representatives of the department, is counter-terrorism. “Today, our goal is social networks, as they are used by terrorists,” said Bernard Barbier.

It is also reported that the military intelligence directorate, the defense defense and security directorate, the internal security directorate, the national directorate of intelligence and customs research, the intelligence and countermeasure of the clandestine financial schemes and even the small intelligence department of the Paris police can use the supercomputer. "According to the Senate, in 80% of cases, the data collected by the DGSE are used by other departments," writes the Le Monde newspaper. And he adds that, according to journalists, the data are used not only to combat terrorism or protect the economic interests of the country, but also to identify the environment of high state officials. It is not entirely clear who controls the activities of the DGSE in this direction.

By law, the interception of data can be carried out with the permission of the Prime Minister and in the presence of the conclusion of a special commission (CNCIS). According to the same law, the interception of data for security purposes cannot be massive, as is done in the American program "Prism". Each user should be sent a separate request. With all this, the concept of “metadata” does not appear anywhere in the law. Such a “vagueness” of the law, the newspaper notes, allows massively collecting the necessary user data.

Interestingly, in response to the publication of Le Monde, the Cabinet of the Prime Minister stated that the interception of data is carried out in accordance with the law and all requests are under control. Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian declined to comment. One of the deputies of the French parliament, which is a member of the CNCIS commission, published a long communiqué in connection with the newspaper’s accusations in which it confirmed that French intelligence has the technical capabilities to monitor the flow of data on the Internet. The deputy also confirmed the version of the government that the interception of data is carried out in strict accordance with the law. “French citizens are not exposed to mass and constant surveillance outside of any control,” the official said. Surveillance of foreign nationals, which is in the direct jurisdiction of the DGSE, is carried out in accordance with the constituent charter of the department.
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  1. zart_arn
    zart_arn 10 July 2013 12: 25 New
    +5
    They were surprised. laughing
    How pitiful the security services would have looked, acting exclusively within the framework of the law.
    1. Aryan
      Aryan 10 July 2013 17: 57 New
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      10-20 years ago, an experiment was conducted in the ShA
      one university that deals with sociology
      there it was necessary to forward a letter from the east coast to the west
      with the condition that the letter is not mailed
      and through a friend, such as "do you know such and such there? pass him on"
      there were many conclusions, it turns out there are so-called people-hubs
      through which such messages most often passed
      Now I understand why this was all done ...

      I apologize to the source now I do not remember
  2. svp67
    svp67 10 July 2013 12: 25 New
    +2
    The newspaper Le Monde assumes the obligation to report that the French Foreign Intelligence Agency (DGSE) systematically monitors electromagnetic signals emanating from computers or telephones in France, as well as the entire flow of these signals emanating from France abroad: all our communications are monitored. Letters in e-mail, SMS, data on phone calls, as well as data on access to Facebook and Twitter have been collected and stored for many years, ”the newspaper writes.

    Well, by golly, they remind children. Is it interesting in our country that anyone doubts that our special services are keeping control of all this "electric engineering"?
  3. svp67
    svp67 10 July 2013 12: 28 New
    +7
    Honestly, I, as a citizen of Russia, were more outraged by the news that the American NSA was gaining access to telephone conversations of Russian citizens through the means of telephone communication companies ... Our communication, the operators, too, and they drain information to anyone. Maybe our competent authorities should be interested in this, but cover up a couple of companies ...
  4. MIKHAN
    MIKHAN 10 July 2013 12: 56 New
    +2
    Our comments are also stored somewhere .. bully
  5. buga1979
    buga1979 10 July 2013 13: 12 New
    +1
    Quote: MIKHAN
    Our comments are also stored somewhere .. bully

    Yes, we are all under the hood))
  6. Stiletto
    Stiletto 10 July 2013 13: 40 New
    +2
    Do not give a damn and forget. Let them choke on these gigabytes of information. From my external contacts, the maximum that they learn is about my hot "love" for them and the fiery Fak-off! - Frogs and their difficult electronic intelligence allies.
  7. varov14
    varov14 10 July 2013 14: 03 New
    0
    That's right, the special services should keep an eye on us, if only their own, but the state was smart, not the present.
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  9. bulvas
    bulvas 10 July 2013 14: 17 New
    +1
    The most interesting thing would be to read about our versions of "Prism"
    I hope we have order with this
  10. Sochi
    Sochi 10 July 2013 14: 34 New
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    All special services monitor everyone who is interested in them; the citizenship of the defendants is of little concern to them. Total surveillance does not exist, physically and financially it is not real.
  11. datur
    datur 10 July 2013 19: 01 New
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    apparently in the French version of prisms, they sat alone - a pid ..... ry !!! wink
  12. Sleptsoff
    Sleptsoff 10 July 2013 20: 08 New
    -1
    If such measures help prevent terrorist attacks, then why not?
  13. individual
    individual 10 July 2013 22: 00 New
    +1
    There used to be a bike, if people learn to read each other’s thoughts, the world will go crazy.
    The development of computer surveillance is the way there ...
  14. 77bor1973
    77bor1973 10 July 2013 22: 48 New
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    It is strange that with such a "super-duper" technique they do not notice the "bugs" in their home.