Seven internet companies have filed a legal complaint calling for an end to GCHQ's alleged use of "malicious software" to break into their networks.
The case against the Government's listening post has been submitted on behalf of internet service providers (ISPs) in seven countries; the
The complaints are based on articles published earlier this year in German magazine
It was also reported that intelligence agencies have a range of network exploitation and intrusion capabilities to infect users.
In addition, the reports claimed that German internet exchange points were targeted, allowing agencies to spy on all internet traffic coming through those nodes.
It is alleged by the ISPs that such attacks are a breach of the Computer Misuse Act 1990, and interfere with the privacy rights of the employees under the
It is the first time GCHQ has faced such an action.
"It completely cripples our confidence in the internet economy and threatens the rights of all those who use it. These unlawful activities, run jointly by GCHQ and the NSA, must come to an end immediately."
The complaint has been filed with the
The ISPs involved in the action are
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