UK's GCHQ intelligence agency has been known for interfering with people's internet service accounts but something else has emerged that has us thinking that this spy organization is mapping the internet connections of not just individuals but of entire nations too. Some documents obtained by Heise show a system called Hacienda which is used by the GCHQ agency. This system has the ability to scan every internet address in a given country and it gives away information such as the type of the connection that is being used and the associated apps. This scanning of the connection is going to give away relevant targets and any exploitable security holes.
If a software is running with known vulnerabilities then it is much easier for the agents to break in which gives them the ability to do anything such as swiping data or setting up malicious websites which can trick suspects into compromising their PCs. You must all be wondering how the GCHQ has got that much time on its hand to pore over this mass amount of data. And this is where the companion system (Olympia) comes in which ensures that useful information is found within minutes.
There is nothing so extraordinary about this technology since it can be used by anyone anywhere unless they don’t want to face the wrath of internet providers and law enforcement. But the fact that this Hacienda system is operating on a global level has raised many questions.