A German magazine reported Sunday that the National Security Agency secretly monitored the United Nations’ New York headquarters by hacking into the organization’s video conferencing system.
The weekly Der Spiegel cited documents provided by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that show the European Union and International Atomic Energy Agency were targets of the U.S. spying effort.
The NSA was able to crack the coding of the U.N.’s video conferencing system last summer, the magazine reported.
Der Spiegel reported that one of the documents it obtained said, “The data traffic gives us internal video teleconferences of the United Nations (yay!),” according to a Reuters report.
Within three weeks the number of decrypted communications rose from 12 to 458, according to the report.