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It’s common to check up on tracking information when you’re waiting on a package, but at least occasionally, that tracking data is omitting a quick stop off at the NSA. According to a new report in Der Spiegel, the NSA regularly intercepts shipments of laptops and other electronic devices in order to implant physical listening devices and install advanced malware. This process, called interdiction, can give authorities instant remote access to a subject’s computer without them being any the wiser.
It is unclear how frequently this program is utilized, but the scale is likely limited. Diverting electronics shipments en masse would be suspicious, and the intelligence agency would not want to expose its internal tools to more potential discovery than absolutely necessary — the NSA pays a pretty penny for many of these backdoors.
The NSA has what Der Spiegel describes as a catalog of spy tools with pricing and feature details. The 50-page document lists tools to compromise hardened systems made by the likes of Cisco, Juniper Networks, Huawei, Western Digital, Microsoft, and Samsung. The prices for these attacks, maintained by an internal group known as ANT, can reach as high as $250,000. Although, when it comes to secret NSA software vulnerabilities, you get what you pay for.
BUT, the article states that PHYSICAL listening devices are installed, along with the advanced malware. Therefore, simply wiping a system clean would not do anything for the former, and if the NSA is that smart and advanced, they could install malware that is, in a sense, hidden enough so that a cleaning or format wouldn't eliminate it.
I found this particularity terrifying.
Has any tech-savvy ATS user ever found any strange contraptions imbedded in their computer?
The source of this news piece is quite reliable.
Forceful and constant invasion of privacy is apparently commonplace now.
Guys/gals. I'm a noob to the board but not to the game. I am not here to argue with anyone, so don't waste my time and yours. Normally I don't even care about the threads and posts of other places, but this got my goat. Some of you will get that. Some later.
Today I found this on youtube. It scares the H3// out of me.
It is an hour long but once you start watching you will be glued to the screen. This is taken from a Chaos Communication Congress conference in Germany.
30c3: To Protect And Infect, Part 2
If you think you even have an inkling of their capabilities, you are wrong. This is what we know of at the moment.
One more thing. It is not just laptops. Don't kid yourselves.edit on 30-12-2013 by mallenhall because: One more thing
Anyone who finds or detects NSA hardware or software find a lawyer and sue them.
There is no such thing as privacy in the advanced digital age. NONE, ZERO, NADA... No reasonable expectation of privacy when using any form of digital communications of ANY kind, encrypted or not.
Anyone who assumes they can achieve complete anonymity and privacy are making a dangerous assumption. That said, unless you are an important person, or someone engaging in illegal or suspicious activity or otherwise have a need for secrecy and privacy you really have nothing to fear. They are not monitoring everyone and everything all the time, they can't and don't need to...