Hong Kong, 22 June: The United States government is hacking Chinese mobile phone companies to gather data from millions of text messages, former intelligence technician Mr Edward Snowden told the South China Morning Post in a report published today.
US spies have also hacked China’s prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing and Asia Pacific fibre-optic network operator Pacnet, the Post quoted Mr Snowden as saying.
Mr Snowden, who was a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), has been charged with espionage by the US after revealing a massive spying programme and has gone to ground after fleeing to Hong Kong.
“The NSA does all kinds of things like hack Chinese cell phone companies to steal all of your SMS data,” Mr Snowden said in the interview conducted on June 12.
Government data shows almost 900 billion text messages were exchanged in China in 2012. pti