Snowden Leaks 'Detailed Records' About IP Addresses NSA Hacked in China, Hong Kong
NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed a Hong Kong newspaper classified documents that revealed the specific IP addresses in Hong Kong and China the National Security Agency may have hacked.
Snowden gave the information to the South China Morning Post, which reported on Saturday that though the "detailed records" cannot be independently verified, they "show specific dates and the IP addresses of computers in Hong Kong and on the mainland hacked by the National Security Agency over a four-year period" and "also include information indicating whether an attack on a computer was ongoing or had been completed."
The documents indicated the NSA attacks on civilian computers in Hong Kong had a success rate of more than 75%, according to the publication. The NSA reportedly also hacked Chinese University, described as being "home to the Hong Kong Internet Exchange which is a central hub of servers through which all web traffic in the city passes."
"The primary issue of public importance to Hong Kong and mainland China should be that the NSA is illegally seizing the communications of tens of millions of individuals without any individualized suspicion of wrongdoing," Snowden told the paper in an interview last week. "They simply steal everything so they can search for any topics of interest."
The Hong Kong government is investigating the report. Snowden, who fled the United States for Hong Kong before revealing classified information about the NSA's phone and Internet spying programs, is apparently still hiding there, hoping Hong Kong's laws will protect him from possible extradition.