- js reader version
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
by Stephen Lendman
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM
Oil Espionage: Targeting OPEC
by Stephen Lendman
NSA and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) spy globally. It's largely unrelated to protecting national security.
The only enemies both countries have are ones they invent. Claims otherwise ring hollow.
Spying is for control. It's for economic advantage. It's to be one up on foreign competitors. It's for information used advantageously in trade, political, and military relations.
It's longstanding. It's institutionalized. It's lawless. It doesn't matter. It continues undeterred.
Both agencies invent pretexts to do so. They manufacture fear. They defend the indefensible. Their extrajudicial aggressiveness is breathtaking.
Invoking terrorist threats don't wash. NSA and GCHQ are extensions of rogue governments. They facilitate lawless practices. They commit plenty of their own.
They don't make the world safer for democracy. They don't enhance stability and security. They add greatly to police state harshness. They commit espionage on a global scale.
On November 11, Der Spiegel headlined "Oil Espionage: How the NSA and GCHQ Spied on OPEC."
Snowden released documents explain. They're the gift that keeps on giving. New revelations follow earlier ones.
NSA and GCHQ "infiltrated" OPEC's computer network. NSA did so in 2008. Information on individual oil exporting companies existed earlier.
Now, "for the first time," NSA an GCHQ "infiltrate(d) OPEC in its entirety." It's comprised of 12 member states.
In alphabetical order, they include Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.
Gabon and Indonesia are former members. As an Iraqi occupying power, America is a de facto member.
NSA infiltration discovered an OPEC Research Division report. According to Der Spiegel, it said:
"OPEC officials were trying to cast the blame for high oil prices on speculators."
"A look at files in (their) legal department revealed how the organization was preparing itself for an antitrust suit in the United States."
"And a review of the section reserved for the OPEC secretary general documented that the Saudis were using underhanded tactics, even within the organization."
Riyadh tried keeping increased oil production secret "as long as possible." Its OPEC governor, Yasser Mufti, chairs OPEC's Board of Governors.
NSA got FISA court authority to target him. Documents showed surveillance stopped when he visited America.
It resumed when he returned home. NSA monitors his communications. In 2010, agency analysts determined that he released incorrect oil production figures.
According to Der Spiegel:
"The typical 'customers' for such information were the CIA, the US State Department and the Department of Energy, which promptly praised the NSA for confirming what it had suspected for years."
GCHQ targets OPEC's Vienna headquarters. A secret 2010 document says it traditionally had "poor access" to OPEC.
The same year, it infiltrated computers of nine OPEC employees. It did so using the "Quantum Insert" method. It creates a "gateway" into OPEC.
A separate Der Spiegal article headlined "Quantum Spying: GCHQ Used Fake LinkedIn Pages to Target Engineers."
Snowden released information showed computers of targeted candidates were infected with computer malware. It was done using Quantum Insert infiltration technology.
It permits deep infiltration. High-speed servers are used. They're located at key online switching points.
When a target calls a specific web site, servers are activated. Instead of the chosen site, an exact duplicate is supplied. It infiltrates a spy code onto the targeted computers.
It's an extremely sophisticated NSA developed exploitation tool. It comes in various versions. GCHQ used it to penetrate OPEC's Vienna computer network.
Britain's spy agency "wants to turn the mobile web into an all-seeing surveillance machine," said Der Spiegel.
In 2011, GCHQ spies described their "vision" as "Any mobile device, anywhere, anytime!"
Once mobile phone networks are infiltrated, "completely new monitoring possibilities" follow.
GCHQ infiltrators ideally want to turn every mobile phone everywhere to a "bugging device." Doing so "would be game changing," they say.
GCHQ analysts already gained access to two OPEC secret servers. They contain "many documents of interest," they said.
OPEC appears in the National Intelligence Priorities Framework. US intelligence agencies have access to it.
OPEC remains targeted. Fracking and new oil discoveries make America less dependent on foreign supplies.
OPEC is less of a priority now than earlier. Individual companies are targeted. Brazil's state owned Petrobras is monitored.
At stake is giving big US oil giants a competitive advantage. Reports indicate Petrobras intends spending around .5 billion in the next five years improving security.
President Maria das Gracas Foster announced it, saying:
"This is a policy that is so important it has been personally approved by the board of directors."
"The management of our goods, people, information and the wealth we create is of crucial importance."
At stake is much more than security. Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo said Brazil intends requiring all data exchanges based in Brazil to include locally produced equipment.
Doing so will adversely impact major US suppliers. Online companies Google, Yahoo, Facebook and others are affected.
New mandates require internal servers for all data involving Brazilians. Its privacy laws will have to be obeyed.
In mid-September, Brazil and Argentina approved a broader military cooperation agreement. It calls for improved cyber defense capabilities.
Other countries are likely upgrading their own protections. NSA and GCHQ conduct global espionage.
Intelligence collected is sweeping. It's all embracing. It's economic warfare. It targets virtually everywhere all the time.
It does so with technological ease. It improves incrementally over time. It does so extrajudicially. It doesn't matter. US and British authorities support it.
Rogue states operate that way. America seeks unchallenged global dominance. Britain is a willing junior partner.
Their operations menace freedom. It's the new normal. It's a frightening new world order. It's not one fit to live in.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.
It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.
Report this post as:
Change Links September 2018 posted
More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre
Site Outage Friday
Change Links August 2018
Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land
More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke
Change Links 2018 July posted
More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena
"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena
Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles
Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California
Change Links June 2018 posted
The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years
Unity Archive Project
Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi
CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police
Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies
California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings)
Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico
Change Links May 2018
Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed
GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE
lausd whistle blower
Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images
UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light
Change Links April 2018
More Local News...
The Dictatorship of Corporations
18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting
Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue
Creative Destruction Hack Mod Generator
Shopping du bashing
After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again
“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen
Probabilités de fin d'humanité
Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW
Propagande de virus, virus de propagande
Steer clear of work morality!
Sweatshop Lodge Ceremony Continues in US Fed Prisons Led by Inmates
Paraphysique de l'origami
The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally!
August 2018 Honduras Coup update
Du réussissement putréfié
Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges
Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts
Paraphysique de contextualité
Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism
Ex-voto de réification
Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh
Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation
Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council
Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming?
The Shortwave Report 08/31/18 Listen Globally!
More Breaking News...