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NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software

via cryptogon.com
11-23-13
http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2013/11/23/nsa-infected-50000-compu...

The American intelligence service - NSA - infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden and seen by this newspaper, prove this.

A management presentation dating from 2012 explains how the NSA collects information worldwide. In addition, the presentation shows that the intelligence service uses ‘Computer Network Exploitation’ (CNE) in more than 50,000 locations. CNE is the secret infiltration of computer systems achieved by installing malware, malicious software.

One example of this type of hacking was discovered in September 2013 at the Belgium telecom provider Belgacom. For a number of years the British intelligence service - GCHQ – has been installing this malicious software in the Belgacom network in order to tap their customers’ telephone and data traffic. The Belgacom network was infiltrated by GCHQ through a process of luring employees to a false Linkedin page.

NSA special department employs more than a thousand hackers...

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TwelveOhOne's picture

When I see "GCHQ", it reminds me of that old magazine

"GQ", or "Gentleman's Quarterly". I read it as "Gentleman's (criminal headquarters) Quarterly". It doesn't quell their evil much, but it does increase my mirth.

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scawarren's picture

Unfortunately, this isn't

Unfortunately, this isn't even a surprising or shocking revelation anymore :/

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Lots of people collect stuff. The NSA collects emails...

so what's the big deal?

Pandas eat bugs.