“GCHQ has no clear authority to send a virus or conduct cyber attacks,” said King.“Hacking is one of the most invasive methods of surveillance.” King said British cyber spies had gone on offense with “no legal safeguards” and without any public debate, even though the British government has criticized other nations, like Russia, for allegedly engaging in cyber warfare.Civil libertarians said that in using a DDOS attack against hackers the British government also infringed free speech by individuals not involved in any illegal hacking, and may have blocked other websites with no connection to Anonymous.While GCHQ defends the legality of its actions, critics question whether the agency is too aggressive and its mission too broad.This also includes not necessarily the actual act of cybersex, but also the solicitation to engage in cyber activities.
Other documents taken from the NSA by Snowden and previously published by NBC News show that JTRIG, which is part of the NSA’s British counterpart, the cyber spy agency known as GCHQ, used a DDOS attack to shut down Internet chat rooms used by members of the hacktivist group known as Anonymous.
Both Power Point presentations describe “Effects” campaigns that are broadly divided into two categories: cyber attacks and propaganda operations.
The propaganda campaigns use deception, mass messaging and “pushing stories” via Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and You Tube.
The target is lured “to go somewhere on the Internet, or a physical location” to be met by “a friendly face.” The goal, according to the presentation, is to discredit the target.
A “honey trap,” says the presentation, is “very successful when it works.” But the documents do not give a specific example of when the British government might have employed a honey trap.