May 272013

US spy device ‘tested on NZ public’
By David Fisher @@DFisherJourno
5:30 AM Saturday May 25, 2013

A high-tech United States surveillance tool which sweeps up all communications without a warrant was sent to New Zealand for testing on the public, according to an espionage expert.

The tool was called ThinThread and it worked by automatically intercepting phone, email and internet information.

ThinThread was highly valued by those who created it because it could handle massive amounts of intercepted information. It then used snippets of data to automatically build a detailed picture of targets, their contacts and their habits for the spy organisation using it.

Those organisations were likely to include the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) after Washington, DC-based author Tim Shorrock revealed ThinThread was sent to New Zealand for testing in 2000-2001.

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  5 Responses to “US spy device ‘tested on NZ public’”

  1. More information about the illegal surveillance and GCSB activities in New Zealand here…

  2. speaking of surveillance – this documentary is well worth watching…

  3. That is outrageous ! This even seems to predate 911. So many things where in place just in case there was a “catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor” .

  4. I don’t know if Peter Dunne was the one who leaked this report as Winston Peters claims (I doubt it), but if he was, it’s the first good thing he’s ever done in Parliament!