Following Le Monde's Monday report on NSA's systematic gathering of phone call data of French citizens and the recording of certain calls and text messages has made the French prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, call in the US ambassador in Paris and demand explanations.
Perhaps no country in the world has been as vocal about doing something about NSA's global Internet surveillance reach as Brazil.
Edward Snowden's successful exfiltration of confidential NSA documents has proved that the background checks executed for government personnel in order to receive the needed security clearance are not foolproof.
Stolen users information is regularly sold and bought online by cyber crooks and attackers, and many services have sprung up to meet the demand for information that can be used to compromise online accounts and facilitate identity theft.
Earlier this week, the primarily state owned Belgacom - the largest telecom in Belgium, with customers such as the European Commission, Council and Parliament - has made public the fact that their internal computer system have been breached by an "unknown third party".