NSA Plans to Hack Your Computer
Bill Quick

How the NSA plans to automatically infect “millions” of computers with spyware – Boing Boing

A new Snowden leak, detailed in a long, fascinating piece in The Intercept, explains the NSA’s TURBINE initiative, intended to automate malicious software infections. These infections — called “implants” in spy jargon — have historically been carried out on a narrow, surgical scale, targeted at people of demonstrated value to spies, due to the expense and difficulty of arranging the attacks.

But TURBINE, which was carried out with other “Five Eyes” spy agencies as part of the NSA’s $67.6M “Owning the Net” plan, is intended to automate the infection process, allowing for “millions” of infections at once.

The article mentions an internal NSA message-board posting called “I hunt sys admins,” sheds some light on the surveillance practices at the NSA. In the post, an NSA operative explains that he targets systems administrators at companies, especially telecoms companies, as a “means to an end” — that is, infiltrating the companies’ networks. As Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher point out, this admission shows that malware attacks are not targeted solely or even particularly at people suspected of terrorism or other crimes — rather, they are aimed at the people who maintain the infrastructure of critical networks and systems to allow the NSA to control those systems.

The malware that TURBINE implants can compromise systems in a variety of ways, including hijacking computer cameras and microphones, harvesting Web-browsing history and email traffic, logging passwords and other keystrokes, etc.

It’s for your own safety, people.  So just lie back, spread your legs, close your eyes, and enjoy it – good and hard.  And for God’s sake, keep reminding yourself what a godawful traitor Edward Snowden is for telling you about all this.

Bill Quick

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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