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NSA and GCHQ Hacked the Belgian Cryptography Professor LinkedIn Account

Quisquater targeting became apparent during the investigation into the hacking of telecoms firm Belgacom, shown by former NSA Agent Edward Snowden’s leaks to be the work of GCHQ.

In that case, the University catholique de Louvain professor apparently fell victim to a “quantum insert” trick that duped him into thinking he was visiting LinkedIn to respond to an emailed “request” when he was actually visiting a malware-laden copy of a LinkedIn page.

The Belgian federal police (FCCU) sent me a warning about this attack and did the analysis. The purpose of the hack, don’t know there are many hypotheses but it is certainly an industrial espionage plus a surveillance of people working about civilian cryptography.”

The attack was “related to a variant” of MiniDuke, an exploit that quietly puts backdoors into the target’s system. The face of it Quisquater is very much a civilian target a professor emeritus, not a spy, a terrorist nor a member of government. 

It would be difficult for any intelligence agency to claim that stealing information from him is a matter of crucial national interest. The aftermath of this revelation will be worth watching.




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