NSA caught spreading malicious software

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nsa1024“NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software” – this article was written by Floor Boon, Steven Derix and Huib Modderkolk Published on NRC.nl

[Picture is a slide from a 2012 presentation showing the distribution of NSA collection points worldwide]

Below are a few choice quotes.

The American intelligence service – NSA – infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden and seen by this newspaper, prove this.

One example of this type of hacking was discovered in September 2013 at the Belgium telecom provider Belgacom. For a number of years the British intelligence service – GCHQ – has been installing this malicious software in the Belgacom network in order to tap their customers’ telephone and data traffic. The Belgacom network was infiltrated by GCHQ through a process of luring employees to a false Linkedin page.

The malware can be controlled remotely and be turned on and off at will. The ‘implants’ act as digital ‘sleeper cells’ that can be activated with a single push of a button. According to the Washington Post, the NSA has been carrying out this type of cyber operation since 1998.

I recommend reading the full article at NRC.nl.

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