Russia Does Spying the Right Way – with Goodie Bags!

Russia Spying Goodie Bags

While the U.S scrambles to defend their love of eavesdropping in the wake of recent allegations involving spying on foreign leaders, Russia has found itself in the middle of its own spying scandal – involving goodie bags.

Russia has been accused of spying on G20 leaders using a clever goodie bag ruse. According to the allegations made by two Italian newspapers, devious Russian agents placed USB pen drives and phone chargers in goodie bags at the G-20 that would copy and send sensitive information.

The devices found in the goodie bags were given to foreign delegates, including heads of state, at the summit near St Petersburg. Apparently the USB sticks contained a Trojan horse programme designed to obtain information and the cell phone chargers were also capable of secretly tapping into emails, text messages and telephone calls.

Suspicions were first raised about the Russian spying trickery by Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council. He ordered the “poisoned gifts” from Putin to be analyzed by intelligence experts in Brussels, as well as Germany’s secret service. European Commission spokesman Frederic Vincent said that so far the “analysis of hardware and software have not amounted to any serious security concerns” but the investigation is not yet complete.

Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, vehemently denied the allegations, dismissing the Italian stories as nothing more than a poorly disguised effort to divert attention from the whole NSA fiasco.

“This is undoubtedly nothing but an attempt to shift the focus from issues that truly exist in relations between European capitals and Washington to unsubstantiated, non-existent issues,” he was quoted as saying by RIA news agency.

To sum up: everyone is spying on you, ALL OF THE TIME.

Via: The Telegraph

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