According to a report published by the French newspaper, Le Monde, France’s intelligence services is suspected to be behind an e-mail spying operation primarily aimed at Iran’s nuclear program but also trapped other targets, including a francophone Canadian media outlet. A document leaked by the former U.S. intelligence contractor, Edward Snowden, was quoted by the newspaper to allege that Canada’s electronic spying agency discovered the French spying software in November 2009.
The document acquired by Le Monde include a slide presentation with the logo of Communications Security Establishment of Canada (CSEC), i.e. the secretive Ottawa-based agency tasked to track foreign computer, radio and telephone communications. Furthermore, the classified top secret 2011 document was exclusively shared among the members of Five Eyes, i.e. secret agencies of United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. CSEC analysts code-named the spyware ‘Snowglobe,’ and discovered that it collected victims’ e-mails. The spyware was believed to have targeted Canada, Spain, Greece, Norway, Ivory Coast and Algeria.