According to a report of UK-based watchdog group, Pakistan is going to set up a refined National Security Agency-style public watching system which is capable of tapping the phone calls and emails of hundreds of millions of people globally.
Pakistan is Going to Build A Mass Surveillance System which can be the Rival of NSA and GCHQ
The report from Privacy International said that the ISI has wanted to tap Internet traffic via underwater cables pass through the Karachi which is country’s southern port city. For this purpose, Pakistan has been contracting with Western and other international companies for the accomplishment of this task.
The Report Said:
“What the ISI wanted to build was a complete surveillance system that would capture mobile communications data, including Wi-Fi, all broadband internet traffic, and any data transmitted over 3G,”
An advocacy officer for Privacy International, Matthew Rice said about this mass surveillance program that:
“These cables are going to route data through various countries and regions. Some will go from Europe to Africa and all the way to Southeast Asia. From my reading that’s an explicit attempt to look at what’s going on.”
This project is the revival of programs already run by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s most secret intelligence agency known as the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
The report also claimed that Pakistan has already built a considerable sized surveillance toolkit. It also claimed that ISI is purchasing surveillance technology from US-based Blue Coat and the Chinese Huawei. Both these companies are known for their deep-packet inspection software suites that make the purchase to search internet communications for a particular term. The report also mentioned another company, the UK-based Finifisher which develops and sells watching system to be used for spying on masses using desktops and smartphones.