Top-secret documents obtained by the CBC show Canada’s electronic spy agency Communication Security Establishment (CSE) has developed a vast arsenal of cyberwarfare tools alongside its U.S. and British counterparts to hack into computers and phones in many parts of the world, including in friendly trade countries like Mexico and hotspots like the Middle East.
Details of the CSE’s capabilities are revealed in several top-secret documents analyzed by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept.
The latest top-secret documents illustrate the development of a large stockpile of Canadian cyber-spy capabilities that go beyond hacking for intelligence, including:
- destroying infrastructure, which could include electricity, transportation or banking systems
- “false flag” operations to “create unrest” — ie. carrying out an attack, but making it look like it was performed by another group — in this case, likely another government or hacker
- “effects” operations to “alter adversary perception”…
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