Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Monitoring with radio waves: NSA played spyware on 100,000 PCs ... - ABC Online

The NSA has, according to a media report supplied software worldwide in nearly 100,000 computers. Thus, it was the U.S. intelligence on the one hand possible to monitor the devices and private networks secretly, reported the “New York Times” on its website, in the early hours of Wednesday. In addition, the NSA could use this but also for cyber attacks. The service himself described his approach according to the report as an “active defense” and not as an attack tool.

The newspaper further reported, citing NSA documents, computer experts and U.S. officials, the software has been installed, codenamed “Quantum” in most cases over computer networks. The NSA but also increasingly applied a technology that allows her access to computers, even if they are not connected to the Internet.

The technology is based on radio waves, the data would be transmitted via secretly inserted into the computer components. In most cases, they must therefore have been built by agents, producers or unsuspecting users into the devices.

U.S. intelligence did so, according to “time” monitored a report in the units of the Chinese and Russian military and drug cartels and trade organizations within the EU. In addition to the U.S., the spyware also against partners in the fight against terrorism, such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan or India, have used. Computer in the U.S. you have not tried them spied.

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