US targeted Indian diplomats with sophisticated bugs: Report
NEW DELHI (AFP) - The US National Security Agency targeted the Indian embassy in Washington and the Indian UN office in New York with sophisticated surveillance equipment that might have resulted in hard disks being copied, a report said on Wednesday.
The Hindu newspaper, which has been collaborating with the Guardian newspaper reporter Glenn Greenwald, said the Indian offices were on a top-secret list of countries chosen for intensive spying.
The NSA "selected India's UN office and the embassy as (a) 'location target' for infiltrating their computers and telephones with hi-tech bugs," the paper said, citing a secret internal document from the spy agency.
It said India's missions were marked for various snooping techniques including one codenamed "Lifesaver" which "facilitates imaging of the hard drive of computers."