File - General Directorate of General Security building in Beirut, Monday, March 23, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A global hacking operation tied to Lebanon's General Security was exposed after agents left hundreds of gigabytes of intercepted data accessible to the public on the internet, a report published Thursday said.The report alleges that hackers based out of General Security Beirut headquarters on the intersection of Pierre Gemayel and Damascus Road streets targeted 21 nations across five continents, including the United States and a host of European and Arab countries. The report titled the operation, which began in July 2012 and cannot yet be confirmed as having ended, as "Dark Caracal". Despite multiple attempts, General Security could not be reached by The Daily Star and the phones of several officials were switched off.Speaking to Reuters ahead of the report release, General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said he wanted to see the report before commenting on its contents. Researchers found that devices involved had connected to a Wi-Fi network located very near a building that houses the General Security headquarters.
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