Civil libertarians said that in using a DDOS attack against hackers the British government also infringed free speech by individuals not involved in any illegal hacking, and may have blocked other websites with no connection to Anonymous.While GCHQ defends the legality of its actions, critics question whether the agency is too aggressive and its mission too broad.
Read the first NBC report on JTRIG and the Snowden documents.
Read an earlier exclusive NBC report on the Snowden documents.
But the British cyber spies’ operations do not always remain entirely online.
Spies have long used sexual “honey traps” to snare, blackmail and influence targets.
In a set of operations that intelligence sources say were designed to stop weapons transactions and nuclear proliferation, JTRIG used negative information to attack private companies, sour business relationships and ruin deals.