Whistleblowers Claim Swiss Text Message Quit Aided Governments to Surveillance Mobile Phone Users

The Swiss company, which contracts with some of the world’s biggest names, is accused of selling access to governments for surveillance purposes. Sending AG, a leading web news services provider to many of the world’s best known technicians, has access to a back-sold network based on its former employees and customers.

The project was said to be run by co-founder and principal producer Ilja Gorelik and was only known to a small group of great levels of employees.

Web messaging contractor accused of selling surveillance

Sending AG has become a cornerstone as a chief conductor to deal with direct information for technical and sales platforms, especially for those coming from and from other parts of the world that do not have a presence in western societies (for example, much of the Middle East). The partnership with Google, Twitter, Telegram, LinkedIn and China is one of China’s largest domestic technology companies with about 100 global customers.

According to research by Bloomberg News, created by anonymous former employees and clients Mitto AG, the company also provided the highest-ranked governments with back access to text messages from services. Examples of things that buyers could have access to include two factors of bills: weather-tickets and marking reminders. Access to these messages also probably provided substantial information about what targets buyers on various e-commerce platforms.

But the point is not the content of the text messages services, but the network sending capability of using fixed phones, directly monitoring and obtaining calls to logs. This allows telecommunications providers to take advantage of some of the vulnerabilities in a well-established protocol (Signaling System 7, or SS7) that drive a lot of international communications.

Developed in 1970, the SS7 has long been known to be full of security slots but continues due to the large cost of repairing on the global scale. Any “operator” state that I send AG to send text messages to buy contracts in Switzerland can do this system, which is essentially built with zero security (during the time when there were few workers). patchwork firewall elements are accidentally applied. This has blocked repeated abuses by spammers even from related texts that have been kicked into other networks.

Web messaging services used to track phones

According to four former employees, this approach was sold to watch technology, which in turn contracted with the various world governments. None of the clients I send AG or their telecommunications partners have known about this organization. The AG denied sending the statements to reporters when Bloomberg arrived and said that he would open up an investigation into the matter. The comments came from a dispatch representative, who came up with Gorelik to assess the issues.

Former workers appear to provide documents to Bloomberg, with one 2019 State Department official indicating that the senior guard was targeted by the agency’s sending text messages. The documents did not disclose who the source was in custody.

Some former employees say they were initially intimidated by Gorelik’s inclination to send e-mails under his pseudonym and to install shooters at computer companies. One of the sources said Gorelik has named connections to the Middle East spy agency, and to help the country’s defense services send text messages to those using phone calls.

Sources have also named Cyprus-based firm TRG Research and Development as one of the companies sending text messages using services to keep telephone calls to customers in the organization. This partnership appears to be after 2019. Two sources have confirmed that TRG has worked directly with Gorelik, a statement which TRG denies. Bloomberg reporters noted that TRG recently posted a job advertisement looking for candidates with experience in SS7 experience and with an understanding of “legitimate interception” practices.

Not to mention AG is now looking at a probe into Switzerland over the contents of the Bloomberg report. The Office of the Attorney General is conducting the probe in partnership with the Data Protection and Information Protection Commissioner (FDPIC). The institutes do not yet have any public records in the investigation, but it is possible that this type of custody could be a crime if it was found to be inappropriate. The investigation will look for preliminary commentary from Mitto AG and an interview with Swiss mobile network operators, according to an FDPIC press release.

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Gorelik has also yet to make a public comment on the story, but Mitto AG told his clients that he had withdrawn from the company.

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