Between December 2011 and January 2012 the spies of New Zealand’s GCSB monitored Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and his associate Bram van der Kolk.
Since both have New Zealand residency that surveillance was illegal and in February the High Court gave Dotcom permission to sue the government for damages over the affair.
But when you open up a can of worms some tend to crawl out and today there have been yet more revelations. When it comes to being spied on illegally, it appears that Dotcom and der Kolk weren’t on their own.
According to Stuff.co.nz, a report on the Government Communications Security Bureau has revealed that the agency may have illegally spied on 85 people while acting for the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) in cases dating back nearly a decade.
“I’m surprised at the scale of breaches,” Dotcom commented earlier. “The Prime Minister should apologize to those people too & inform the targets.”This post is from the News Bits section of TorrentFreak where we present stories from around the web in a concise summary format. Full TorrentFreak articles can be found here. If you have a tip please let us know. News Bits have their very own RSS feed