The NSA Is Going To Infect Millions Of Computers With Malware Implants
Friday, 14 March 2014
Just when you thought the NSA couldn’t get any more detestable, new information released yesterday reveals that the agency has expanded its hacking capabilities and can infect millions of computers with malware “imprints”.
Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden provide details about the groundbreaking technology, which uses automated systems to hack into computers on a mass scale without much human oversight.
The documents also revealed that the NSA has pretended to be Facebook to install its malware, according to The Intercept:
In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive. In others, it has sent out spam emails laced with the malware, which can be tailored to covertly record audio from a computer’s microphone and take snapshots with its webcam. The hacking systems have also enabled the NSA to launch cyberattacks by corrupting and disrupting file downloads or denying access to websites.
The automated system the NSA is using is codenamed TURBINE and is designed to “allow the current implant network to scale to large size (millions of implants) by creating a system that does automated control implants by groups instead of individually.” TURBINE is listed as part of a larger NSA surveillance plan called “Owning the Net.”