Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Where Country Code/Area Code Confusion Can Lead to NSA Spying on Americans

According to an internal review, the National Security Agency admitted that it spied on phones in Washington, DC (area code 202) because of an error which confused Washington's area code with Egypt's country code (20).  Foreign Policy's Passport blog researched other possible country code/area code confusions.  There results put some surprising areas on notice that they may be accidentally spied upon.  These regions are

  • China (86) : Northwest South Caroline (864)
  • Iran (98) : the wetlands of Louisiana (985)
  • Pakistan (92) : Green Bay, Wisconsin (920)
  • Venezuela (58) : rural Oklahoma (580)
  • North Korea (850) : Gulf Coast Northwest Florida (850) 

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