Quote:Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale by using automated systems that reduce the level of human oversight in the process.
The classified files – provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – contain new details about groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware “implants.” [...]
The implants being deployed were once reserved for a few hundred hard-to-reach targets, whose communications could not be monitored through traditional wiretaps. But the documents analyzed by The Intercept show how the NSA has aggressively accelerated its hacking initiatives in the past decade by computerizing some processes previously handled by humans. The automated system – codenamed TURBINE – is designed to “allow the current implant network to scale to large size (millions of implants) by creating a system that does automated control implants by groups instead of individually.” [...]
Read more: firstlook.org
Not a surprise to me at all, in fact, I'm shocked they haven't been doing this since about mid 2000.
Your antivirus isn't going to take care of this one, and I'll bet money there is a Mac and Linux version as well.
Time to bust out the windows 95 first edition and run it in VMware, or even better, wish I had an Amiga or Commodore 64. I don't care about what's on my computer, anyone who stores anything sensitive on one gets what they deserve, all things considered.
However, I don't care for the invasion of privacy.
Targeting random internet users with no good reason, other than they can, and calling that intelligence, really?
The cost benefit ratio of chasing your tail to the tune of billions and coming up with nothing never enters into the equation when you're a government employee I guess.