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HACIENDA, GCHQ Port Scanning Program on a wide-scale

by Pierluigi Paganini on August 16th, 2014

HACIENDA

New revelation on British GCHQ confirms the existence of the HACIENDA Port Scanning Program which is targeting systems in 27 countries.

In the last years the British GCHQ has conducted numerous hacking operation against systems in 27 countries, through a massive port scanning the intelligence agency was searching for vulnerability to exploit in cyber attacks.

The Intelligence agency targeted different type of services including ubiquitous public services such as HTTP and FTP, as well as common administrative protocols such as SSH (Secure SHell protocol – used for remote access to systems) and SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol – used for network administration).

What is HACIENDA

That bombshell comes amid fresh leaks detailing the dragnet surveillance programs operated by the Five Eyes nations: America, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

German publisher Heise revealed the existence of the HACIENDA program that…

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