How Myanmar's military moved in on the telecoms sector to spy on citizens

19th May, 2021

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A demonstrator protests against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 19, 2021. REUTERS


In the months before the Myanmar military's February 1 coup, the country's telecom and internet service providers were ordered to install intercept spyware that would allow the army to eavesdrop on the communications of citizens, sources with direct knowledge of the plan told Reuters. The technology gives the military the power to listen in on calls, view text messages and web traffic including emails, and track the locations of users without the assistance of the telecom and internet firms, the sources said.

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