Serhat TUNAR -TDO- ( 17.02.2020)- Dutch tech giant Philips allegedly helped the United States to eavesdrop on encrypted internal talks in Turkey.
After it was revealed that United States and German intelligence had bought Crypto AG, which sells encrypted communication devices to the world, Cees Jansen, a former employee of Philips, claimed that easy-to-break encryption devices were sold to Turkey.
Speaking to Netherlands-based press outlet Argos, Jansen described the process by which the United States National Security Agency received assistance from Philips.
Jansen explained that the device they made easy to decrypt was a telex called aroflex.
The device was used to ensure secure communication between NATO members between 1976 and 1982.
However, the Turkish government wanted to buy the device to communicate with its own embassies and use it for internal talks. According to Jansen, the NSA wanted to sell the device to the Turks, making it easier to break. Germany refused to cooperate. The Americans then continued the negotiations with Dutch intelligence and manufacturer Philips.