Malware “Industrialises Spying”: The NSA has “Automated its Spying Operations”
Mar. 14, 2014
The report from Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher, based on the Edward Snowden leaks reveals that the NSA – surprise, surprise – has automated its spying operations, so that malware once used to target the odd terror suspect can now be used routinely. The programme is called “Owning the net”. (Israel also gets a special shout-out in the report for its work with the NSA in developing malware.)So it’s no longer – and, of course, never was – only about tracking metadata from our phone calls and Google searches. This is industrialised spying, including on domestic populations, using our interactions with the net (which means most of our activities) to know what is going on in our minds.Much of the evidence cited in the report is from 2009, so it is difficult to know how much further the NSA has gone in implementing its plans. My guess is things are far worse than even this report suggests: five years is a long time in software development.