Mumbai: The same kind of spy setup that was used by a US agency to tap German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phones is in use in New Delhi as well, according to an Indian hacker associated with cyber security.
The spying is done by an agency called Special Collection Service (SCS) that is a joint operation of the American CIA and National Security Agency.
It has a manned base in New Delhi that is capable of intercepting cellphone, WiFi and satellite signals off the air. Its location is suspected to be within the US Embassy in Chanak-yapuri. This has emerged from an image leaked to German magazine Der Spiegel by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The image maps 80 sites around the world that have active SCS stations. Delhi is the only one in India, though Pakistan has stations in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.
Using embassies for spying is against international law. However the US was apparently doing this in Germany, where its SCS operation is suspected to have been located in the embassy building.