Details On NSA-QUANTUM Advanced Targeting Through Hacking ProgramSubmitted by the_chiefe71 on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 05:40
We’ve learned a bit more about the NSA’s QUANTUM program, their technique that turned the Internet backbone into a weapon. The agreement with Sweden to test QUANTUM attacks has formalized the terms somewhat: a “tip” is a redirection, while a successful “shot” is an exploitation. Out of 100 tips in their experimental deployment, this generated only 5 shots. Now either this experiment didn’t use a very good exploit, so only 5% of attempted victims were vulnerable, or tips represented just preliminary targeting, and only 5% of the possible victims were deemed worthy of attack.
The Internet is now a very dangerous place: all unencrypted traffic is a potential attack vector! The NSA, by their broad hacking, has painted a huge target on our backs. Targets that, for anyone who wants to, they can illuminate and attack.