Snowden: NSA has secret ‘MonsterMind’ program that operates without human intervention
By Eric Pfeiffer
Aug. 13, 2014
t would appear that Edward Snowden is still far from finished with his National Security Agency revelations.
In his latest revelation, Snowden tells WIRED magazine that the NSA has a secret, autonomous program called “Monstermind” that can respond to cyberattacks from other countries without human intervention.
And beyond domestic privacy concerns, Snowden warns, the program could cause an international diplomacy nightmare for the U.S. as well, because the cyberattacks launched by MonsterMind are often routed through third-party computers housed in foreign countries.
“These attacks can be spoofed,” Snowden said. “You could have someone sitting in China, for example, making it appear that one of these attacks is originating in Russia. And then we end up shooting back at a Russian hospital. What happens next?”
So, is that the final major disclosure to come from what the government claims are nearly two million stolen documents that Snowden took with him when he left the country?
As it turns out, Snowden isn’t even entirely sure himself.