Friday, January 17, 2014

Snooping To Offline Computers

Some of the NSA's techniques were described in a New York Times article Wednesday, detailing how the agency implanted malicious software in nearly 100,000 computers worldwide.
According to the article, the agency made use of a secret technology that enables it to enter and alter data in computers even if they are not connected to the Internet.
These techniques are far different than the way the NSA used to gather information, says James Andrew Lewis a cyber security expert in Washington.
“The NSA had a problem about 15 years ago: the way they collected intelligence changed almost overnight. It went from being a microwave, long distance phone calls and very old, telecom-based approach...to the Internet," said Lewis.
The Internet, he says, has never been secure.
“There are some programs that take advantage of the fact that the Internet is not secured and may not be secured in our lifetimes. So a lot of places, including the U.S., have decided the way to make yourself secure is not to connect your most vital networks, your most vital processes," he said. >Read Full Story

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