Caught spying on itself, The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation says ‘Technical Glitch’ is to be blamed
How can you trust a National level security intelligence Agency making silly mistake of spying on its itself, this is exactly what happened when Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) accepted that they accidentally intercepted calls made by one of its own regional offices. Though ASIO agreed to it being an accident, its kind of weird to know that you are stalking your own people.
The interception was in breach of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act, which allows ASIO to use listening devices and computer access on on anti-state actors and websites.
The breach or the error was reported by Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) itself and was revealed in the agency’s annual report blaming on a ‘technical glitch’. ASIO deleted the intercepted information and says processes have been put in place to prevent the error occurring again.
ASIO has recently gained a right to spy on every device on the internet, with just a single warrant, under newly contained anti-terror Bills that were accepted by the Tony Abbot government and made into a law.
However it seems like ASIO took the right to spy pretty seriously to spy on itself or it needs lot of practice and technical assistance from its ‘Five Eyes’ big brother, the National Security Agency of USA.