On 11 February, the Washington Post and German broadcaster ZDF published an article revealing claims about Crypto AG, a Swiss cryptographic communications gear company that got its big break building code-making gear for the US Army in World War II, and has been a provider of encryption systems for more than 120 countries.  Apparently, it was owned secretly by the CIA and German intelligence, allowing access to the communications of many countries, excluding China and the USSR.  The Germans backed out of the deal in the 90s, but CIA ownership continued to 2016.  It is said that more than a dozen countries still use encryption systems from Crypto AG – but the Swiss government has now revoked the company’s export licence.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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