World reacts to NSA spying outposts Published: 2013-10-30 20:12:00

Demonstrators hold placards and banners to protest against government surveillance in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, on October 26, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

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          Intl Reactions

China  Called on the international community to speed up the formulation of guidelines for cyberspace after the US was accused of spying on the phone records of its allies. 

European leaders  Want a new deal with Washington to end a damaging spy row so as to keep an essential alliance and the fight against terrorism on track. The aim should be to agree rules for intelligence gathering rather than seek a pointless confrontation.

Germany  Parliament will hold a special session on alleged US spying that included monitoring of mobile phone communications of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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France Foreign minister announced "immediate" summoning of the US ambassador over the US spy agency eavesdropping on millions of phone calls made by French citizens.

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Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would call in the US ambassador to Madrid to explain reports of American spying on the country.

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Brazil Insists on a plan that requires global Internet companies to store data of Brazilian users inside the country.

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          US Response

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 Liu Weidong, an associate research fellow with the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
"It is hard to rebuild the trust since the US will unlikely stop eavesdropping. But the US can gain by promising not to spy on major governments and people of Europe." 

 Xin Qiang, a professor of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University
"Despite these responses made to the allies' outrage, the US is not likely to end its spying operations. Even if it does, it will restart the programs later." 

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          US Spy Projects

Gives the NSA and FBI access to the systems of nine of the world's top Internet companies, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo and Skype.

The project enabled US computer specialists to break into foreign networks. It has placed "covert implants," sophisticated malware transmitted from far away, in computers, routers and firewalls on tens of thousands of machines every year, with plans to expand those numbers into the millions. 

By the end of 2013, the project will take control over 85,000 implanted malwares.
Most targeted countries including China, Iran, Russia and North Korea.

A continuation of GENIE. The new project will help collect information from implanted malware and initiate attacks.

Source: Global Times – Agencies

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