NSA spying on offline computers


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From the BBC:

15 January 2014 Last updated at 11:47 GMT

NSA could ‘spy on offline computers’, says latest leak

The US National Security Agency (NSA) used secret technology to spy on computers that were not even connected to the internet, it has been reported.

Citing documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden, the New York Times said 100,000 machines were fitted with small devices that emitted radio waves.

Offline access

This latest leak details how the NSA accessed targets by inserting tiny circuit boards or USB cards into computers and using radio waves to transmit data without the need for the machine to be connected to a wider network.

It is a significant revelation in that it undermines what was seen to be one of the simplest but most effective methods of making a system secure: isolating it from the internet.

While the technology involved is not new, its apparent implementation by US security services was previously unknown.

The Obama White House is preparing a National Security Agency “reform” package that is aimed at legitimizing and institutionalizing the NSA’s illegal domestic spying operations, while putting in place stringent security measures to prevent disclosures of its crimes such as those carried out by former contractor Edward Snowden: here.

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7 thoughts on “NSA spying on offline computers

  1. Do you think the NSA, employee’s, may learn something about themselves by using and listening to conversations, as a education that may improve their awareness of what is going on? after all although they seem to have a good IQ, this test is flawed by being created within its culture, and what is on in intelligence, is not that intelligent, by some who have differing ideas on these questions.

    • Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg and some others originally belonged to the “intelligence community”, but became whistleblowers. There should be more people like them.

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