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14. 09. 2014


14.9.2014. (Tanjug) - The U.S. and British intelligence agencies can secretely access information in possession of German telecommunications giants, reports Der Spiegel weekly.

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart GCHQ, with the help of the program known as Treasure Map, access information that German telecommunications companies possess on individual computers and smart phones.

The New York Times wrote about Treasure Map last year, based on the information revealed by former NSA employee Edward Snowden. Treasure Map can collect between 30 and 50 million addresses in possesion of internet providers - information that reveal the owner and current location of a computer or a mobile device.

Der Spiegel warns that such information can be used for planning sophisticated cyber attacks, BBC reports.

According to Der Spiegel, the attacks could target the largest German telecommunications companies such as Deutsche Telekom, Netcologne and satellite teleport operators "Stellar" and "Cetel".

Representatives of Deutsche Telekom and Netcologne said to Der Spiegel that they have not "identified any proof of manipulation or external access to their networks".

"The accessing of our network by foreign intelligence agencies," says Deutsche Telekom Head of IT sector, "would be completely unacceptable."

Data leaks from NSA, enabled by Snowden, revealed spying by the U.S. authorities in extreme proportions.

Among the revaled information is that NSA tapped the mobile phone of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

As a result of the diplomatic-spying scandal on both sides of the Atlantic, Berlin requested that the employee of the U.S. Embassy in charge of intelligence leaves Germany.

Chancellor Merkel asked Washington for additional information related to alleged spying. Along with Germany, other traditional allies of the U.S. have expressed strong dissatisfaction related to Snowden's claims.

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