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SREL did not know about UK espionage in Luxembourg

11.11.2013 From our online archive
Luxembourg's secret service did not play any role in the surveillance of staff at a clearing company based in Contern by the UK's Government Communications Headquarter, the State Ministry has announced in an official statement.

(CS) Luxembourg's secret service did not play any role in the surveillance of staff at a clearing company based in Contern by the UK's Government Communications Headquarter, the State Ministry has announced in an official statement.

According to German magazine “Der Spiegel”, the British GCHQ installed spy software on the computers of several members of staff at a Luxembourg-based clearing company operating in the telecommunications sector.

The incident is said to date back to 2010, with six individuals at the company MACH targeted. Since then, MACH has been sold to two different companies, Starhome and Syniverse, with both saying they were not aware of such a security breach.

The magazine obtained this information through documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

While the GCHQ has yet to comment on the issue, Luxembourg's secret service SREL has denied any implication in the matter.

“The intelligence service did not cooperate with the British services on a possible intrusion into the information system of the company MACH,” a statement issued on Monday afternoon said.

Additionally, the Prime Minister has asked the British intelligence service for a detailed analysis of the accusations and a swift report on the matter.