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Report: NSA intercepts computer shipments, plants malware
« on: January 01, 2014, 01:54:04 PM »
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http://techreport.com/news/25828/report-nsa-intercepts-computer-shipments-plants-malware
 
 
by Geoff Gasior — 6:00 AM on December 30, 2013
 
 
German news magazine Der Spiegel has published a couple of articles containing new revelations about the NSA's electronic spying programs. The first describes the spy agency's Tailored Access Operations unit, which specializes in gathering high-value intelligence that can't be obtained by traditional surveillance methods. The TAO's activities reportedly include hacking into servers, monitoring Windows crash reports, and tapping undersea communications cables, among other things.
 
According to the documents seen by Der Spiegel, the TAO even intercepts shipments of computers and other devices en route to customers. These products are reportedly loaded with malware and "hardware components" that grant intelligence officers remote access to the targeted systems. Think about that the next time one of your Newegg shipments is delayed.
 
Der Spiegel's second article looks into an unnamed group called the ANT, which is described as a team of "master carpenters" working for the TAO. The ANT reportedly produced a 50-page "product catalog" that includes everything from GSM "base stations" that masquerade as cellular towers to bugged USB ports "capable of sending and receiving data via radio undetected." The document even lists prices for each surveillance product; the GSM units cost $40,000, while a 50-pack of bugged USB ports is priced at a cool $1 million.
 
In addition to offering snooping hardware, the ANT division reportedly produces malicious software. It prefers planting malware in motherboard BIOSes, which allows the code to hide from virus scanners and persist after the system's hard drive is wiped. Hard drives aren't safe, either. "Another program attacks the firmware in hard drives manufactured by Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor and Samsung," Der Spiegel says. There are exploits for networking hardware, too, though tech companies don't appear to be complicit.
 
The NSA stopped short of admitting to specific activities, but it issued a statement to Der Spiegel describing the TAO as "a unique national asset that is on the front lines of enabling NSA to defend the nation and its allies." The group's mission "is centered on computer network exploitation in support of foreign intelligence collection," the NSA says.

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Re: Report: NSA intercepts computer shipments, plants malware
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2014, 11:44:04 PM »
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Re: Report: NSA intercepts computer shipments, plants malware
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2014, 01:49:58 AM »
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Re: Report: NSA intercepts computer shipments, plants malware
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2014, 02:09:37 PM »
Yikes. What has the NSA not bugged?
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Re: Report: NSA intercepts computer shipments, plants malware
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2014, 01:54:36 PM »
We are all fu*cked one way or another. I wish to have my little farm one day, no TV, no internet, maybe just a phone in case of any emergency... life use to be so much simpler before. Nowadays, if you want to get married you try to find your wife on the net  ..-) ... oh well.

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Re: Report: NSA intercepts computer shipments, plants malware
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2014, 09:19:26 PM »
Some more stuff coming out.......   :)>>>>
 
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nsa-fesses-up-to-improper-surveillance-of-us-citizens/ar-BBhfpVO?ocid=mailsignout
 
 
NSA Fesses Up To Improper Surveillance Of U.S. Citizens
 
While you were drinking eggnog on Christmas Eve, the National Security Agency released hundreds of pages of heavily redacted documents detailing instances of improper surveillance on U.S. citizens in the last 12 years.
 
The batch of documents, stretching from the fourth quarter of 2001 to the second quarter of 2013, was released in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. While some of the information was already publicly known, the reports shed more light on instances in which NSA employees either intentionally or unintentionally violated the law and collected the private data of American citizens.
 
"These materials show, over a sustained period of time, the depth and rigor of NSA’s commitment to compliance," read a statement on the NSA's website. "By emphasizing accountability across all levels of the enterprise, and transparently reporting errors and violations to outside oversight authorities, NSA protects privacy and civil liberties while safeguarding the nation and our allies."
The reports include instances in which analysts conducted unauthorized surveillance on U.S. organizations with the mistaken belief they were authorized to do so; instances in which analysts willfully ignoredrestrictions on surveillance; and even instances in which analysts intentionally abused the system to gather data on spouses or love interests. Such cases apparently occurred enough to have earned the name LOVEINT.
 
In one instance, an analyst who surveilled her own spouse was merely "advised to cease her activities." In another, an analyst "mistakenly requested" surveillance “of his own personal identifier instead of the selector associated with a foreign intelligence target." But the NSA maintained that employees who conducted improper surveillance were adequately held to account."
 
Results returned from improper queries may be deleted, and the analyst who submitted the query may be subject to additional training or administrative action as appropriate," the agency said.
The USA Freedom Act, which would have ended the NSA's controversial domestic call tracking program, died in the Senate earlier this year despite support from an unlikely alliance that included Facebook, the ACLU and the National Rifle Association.
 
 
 
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Re: Report: NSA intercepts computer shipments, plants malware
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2014, 11:20:51 AM »
The sheep are busy being sheep. :\
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