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Russian Researchers Expose 'nsa's Secret Weapon' - Spyware Hidden On Hard Drives

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2956058/Russian-researchers-expose-breakthrough-U-S-spying-program.html

  • The NSA has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives, according to cyber researchers and former operatives
  • Those include hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba as well as other top manufacturers
  • That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab - a Russian firm
  • The group said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs
  • The most infections were seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria

The National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.

That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.

Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria.

Although this is a report from a Russian company. However I'm sure everything is spied on, because no one is innocent.

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But a large number of people (the whole population of the US?) must be involved in interpreting the findings, which will be Terabytes of information.

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But a large number of people (the whole population of the US?) must be involved in interpreting the findings, which will be Terabytes of information.

Well, if Mali was the country with the 5th highest incidence of this software, it can't be that widespread. There were only 15,000 computers in the entire country in 2001 (the latest figures available).

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But a large number of people (the whole population of the US?) must be involved in interpreting the findings, which will be Terabytes of information.

Either it doesn't rely on human analysis, or the facility is only enabled once you become a "person of interest". Probably a mix of both, here's a couple of words from the Echelon dictionary: badger, asparagus. Now everyone in this thread is a person of interest :ph34r:

Watch your packets boys!

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Either it doesn't rely on human analysis, or the facility is only enabled once you become a "person of interest". Probably a mix of both, here's a couple of words from the Echelon dictionary: badger, asparagus. Now everyone in this thread is a person of interest :ph34r:

Watch your packets boys!

how do they know its the person of interest?

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Well, if Mali was the country with the 5th highest incidence of this software, it can't be that widespread. There were only 15,000 computers in the entire country in 2001 (the latest figures available).

It states in the report released by Kapersky Labs that the software/exploit code has a built in self-destruct system. This means it is impossible to identify how many machines it has been present on as any indication of its presence has long since disappeared.

More news on this here: http://sputniknews.com/science/20150217/1018363060.html

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Either it doesn't rely on human analysis, or the facility is only enabled once you become a "person of interest". Probably a mix of both, here's a couple of words from the Echelon dictionary: badger, asparagus. Now everyone in this thread is a person of interest :ph34r:

Watch your packets boys!

If you find that you're losing your packets console yourselves with a trip to the phallic festival!

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how do they know its the person of interest?

Presumably if you know the global IP mapping then you can match IP's and people / institutions, the virus on the hard drive would ping once in a while broadcasting that computer's IP, you then switch on whichever locations you want to monitor to broadcast any data that you are interested in.

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This story seems too false to be true! :blink:

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