Secret report reveals: German BND also uses XKEYSCORE for data collection

Over the past few years we learned a lot about Germany’s foreign intelligence service BND, although not from leaks, but from the public hearings of the parliamentary commission that investigates NSA spying operations and its cooperation with German agencies.

Recently however a secret government report was leaked to German media, which not only identifies violations of the data protection act but also reveals the codenames for several BND systems and the fact that BND uses the American XKEYSCORE system not only for analysis, but also for collection purposes.

Here, the new information from the secret report is combined with things we know from earlier sources and reportings.

– A secret report
– The SUSLAG liaison office
– Selectors provided by NSA
– Operations SMARAGD and ZABBO
– Metadata analysis: VERAS
– Analysis and collection: XKEYSCORE
– Integrated analysis: MIRA 4
– Legal defects

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