The NSA hides surveillance software in hard drives
*“Conspiracy Theory” proven as a conspiracy fact,once again. The massive technocratic surveillance state has been in operation for over 30 years. While all of this was being talked about as a potential future situation, they were actually building the infrastructure all around us.
The National Security Agency is able to infect hard drives with surveillance software to spy on computers, Reuters has claimed citing information from cyber researchers and former NSA operatives.
In a new report Security vendor Kaspersky revealed the existence of a group dubbed The Equation Group capable of directly accessing the firmware of hard drives from Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, IBM, Micron, Samsung and other drive makers. As such, the group has been able to implant spyware on hard drives to conduct surveillance on computers around the world.
Kaspersky said this threat has been around for almost 20 years and “surpasses anything known in terms of complexity and sophistication of techniques.” The security researcher called the group “unique almost in every aspect of their activities: they use tools that are very complicated and expensive to develop, in order to infect victims, retrieve data and hide activity in an outstandingly professional way, and utilize classic spying techniques to deliver malicious payloads to the victims.”
Surveillance software implanted on hard drives is especially dangerous as it becomes active each time the PC boots up and thus can infect the computer over and over again without the user’s knowledge. Though this type of spyware could have surfaced on a “majority of the world’s computers,” Kaspersky cited thousands or possibly tens of thousands of infections across 30 different countries. Infected parties and industries include government and diplomatic institutions, as well as those involved in telecommunications, aerospace, energy, nuclear research, oil and gas, military and nanotechnology. Also, included are Islamic activists and scholars, mass media, the transportation sector, financial institutions and companies developing encryption technologies.
And who’s responsible for this sophisticated spyware?
Kaspersky didn’t name names but did say that the group has ties to Stuxnet, a virus used to infect Iran’s uranium enrichment facility. The NSA has been accused of planting Stuxnet, leading Reuters to finger the agency as the source behind the hard drive spyware, especially based on outside information.(Stuxnet was created by Israeli and American tech spies,which goes further down the rabbit hole).
Kaspersky’s analysis was right, a former NSA employee told Reuters, adding that the agency valued this type of spyware as highly as Stuxnet. Another “former intelligence operative” said that the NSA developed this method of embedding spyware in hard drives but said he didn’t know which surveillance efforts used it.
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