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Swiss politicians are demanding an investigation after revelations that a second Swiss encryption company was allegedly used by the CIA and its German counterpart to spy on governments worldwide. This was uncovered by swiss public broadcaster - SRF
A first investigation had revealed back in February a decades-long set-up, in which the CIA and its German counterpart creamed off the top-secret communications of governments through their hidden control of a Swiss encryption company called Crypto
SRF’s report this week found that a second but smaller Swiss encryption firm, Omnisec, had been used in the same way.
Omnisec was split off from Swiss cryptographic equipment maker Gretag in 1987, sold voice, fax and data encryption equipment to governments around the globe, until it stopped operations two years ago.
SRF’s investigation revealed that Omnisec had sold manipulated equipment to foreign governments and armies.
They also sold faulty OC-500 series devices to several federal agencies in Switzerland, including its own intelligence agencies, as well as banks like UBS, other private companies
The first company, crypto’s case is just as shocking -
Crypto supplied devices for encrypted communications to about 120 countries after World War II, countries like Iran, South America, India and Pakistan.
Unknown to those governments, Crypto was secretly acquired in 1970 by the CIA together with the then West Germany’s BND Federal Intelligence Service.
Together, they rigged Crypto’s equipment to be able to break the codes and read the government customers’ messages.
Based on classified internal CIA history, Originally called operation “Thesaurus” and later “Rubicon,” in the 1980s the leaks from the modified machines supplied roughly 40 percent of all the foreign communications the US code-breakers processed for intelligence.