Saturday, November 23, 2013
NSA infects computer networks deliberately with malware to perform surveillance, according to Dutch newspaper
A Dutch newspaper is reporting that the US NSA has deliberately infected 50,000 computer networks with malware in order to perform survelliance. Most of the targets are overseas, but some could include organizations, small businesses or individuals in the US. The NSA can turn on the “sleeper” malware at will.
There would be some question as to how much of a threat it could be. An individual who works mostly on a laptop or modern tablet or even when mobile is likely to turn off the device often. The malware typically has no symptoms and is carefully hidden from most anti-virus software. However, random non-repeatable problems might be attributed to such malware.
The link for the report is here.