The NSA is Hiding Surveillance Software in Hard Drives
Snowden has received a mixed reception for his conduct, and predictably within the United States and the mainstream American media he has often been condemned. But his decision to jeopardise his existence and pretty much turn his entire life upside down over a point of principle, has very much opened a Pandora’s Box.
The collaboration between the NSA and Britain’s similar organisation GCHQ has clearly been systematic and widespread. The revelations which Snowden released to the media were a surprise to many people, but we can only speculate about the extent to which snooping has taken place, considering what we do know for a fact.
And as more information is unveiled, it becomes clear that NSA programs which are in place have gone beyond the level that even people who were cynical about government could have imagined.
Thus, although it has been known for some time that the NSA frequently intercepts and bugs equipment in order to spy on its owners, these efforts have clearly expanded in recent years. The behaviour of the intelligence agency in this department is evidently more devious and clever than even those who were suspicious of them had believed possible.
With this in mind, researchers at Kaspersky Lab have discovered apparently state-created spyware buried in the firmware of hard drives from big names like Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital. This is the sort of revelation that would be dismissed as a conspiracy theory by the corporate media, yet Kaspersky has cast-iron 100% proof that this is the case.
Once this code is present, it is able to sneak around collecting data and mapping networks which would otherwise be completely inaccessible. This is an extremely sophisticated program which doesn’t sit in regular storage, so it cannot be easily detected.
Understandably, Kaspersky isn’t explicitly naming the culprits, but it also hasn’t been reticent about fingering the US government. According to the company, the developers obviously had access to unpatched exploits, while many infections have turned up in countries which one would expect the US to typically spy on or feel suspicion towards. Thus, China, Iran, Pakistan and Russia have apparently been subjected to this, while Reuters sources back this up with claims that the NSA has developed espionage techniques on this level.
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