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The Good Listener: Ghost in the Machine

By Fin Kennedy. At GCHQ, Henry Morcombe's team are tasked with gaining access to the phone network of a European ally, without their knowledge.

A new episode of The Good Listener returns to GCHQ where agents are devising ways to gather data from millions of mobile phone users - from friends and foe alike. A major phone company of a European ally has become the target.

Documents released by whistleblower Ed Snowden refer to an 'Operation Socialist', suggesting that UK's spy agency GCHQ were behind a cyber attack on Belgacom, Belgium's largest phone company. The operation was intended to gather data from millions of mobile phone users around the world. The 'malware' that was subsequently found on the Belgian phone provider's systems is one of the most advanced spy tools ever seen.

Ghost in the Machine follows fictional characters inside GCHQ in a story inspired by this operation. The team need to devise ways to deal with a changing digital world but not everyone is happy with the agency's approach.

Written by Fin Kennedy
Sound design by Alisdair McGregor

Produced and Directed by Boz Temple-Morris
A Holy Mountain production for BBC Radio 4.

45 minutes

Last on

Thu 30 Jul 2015 14:15


Role Contributor
Henry Owen Teale
Jacqui Charlotte Randle
Siddiq Ashley Kumar
Alison Alison Newman
David Richard Maxted
Gerry Dominic Hawksley
Actor Louis Brady
Actor Dash Dirickx
Actor Poppy Temple-Morris
Actor Madeleine Kelly
Actor Lois Ashley-Lynch
Writer Fin Kennedy
Producer Boz Temple-Morris
Director Boz Temple-Morris


  • Thu 30 Jul 2015 14:15

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