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Kaspersky's NSA HDD Firmware Spying Revelations - Data Was Never Safe

Kaspersky's NSA HDD Firmware Spying Revelations - Data Was Never Safe
The NSA has backdoor access to a huge amount of computers, if not all, and we're not seeing a word from world leaders - and this shouldn't surprise you.
By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Storage | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 5:12 pm

Kaspersky Breaks the Ice: The NSA Owns You and Your HDD

 

It was just over twelve hours ago now when I reported that the NSA has reportedly got an all-seeing eye within the firmware of hard drives made by the biggest storage giants on the market. Well, this should alarm you, and we should really be asking many more questions than sitting here and doing nothing.

 

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Right now, the entire media is fixated on various issues going on around the world for their 1-2 week attention spans, with most of the stories lasting just a few days. The current 'scandal' of the last few weeks has been about the measles outbreak from Disneyland in California and the entire vaccine discussion is now back to being a massive, massive topic. Well, there's something else we should be talking about - and while President Obama has come out urging parents to vaccinate their children.

 

Now, you might be thinking, "what the hell does this have to do with backdoors on HDD firmware?" and you'd be right - but this is my point. The media is full of distractions, with the Obama administration feeling the need to have the most powerful man on Earth come out and make a statement regarding the measles, but where is he when the largest storage companies in the world have the National Security Agency installing secret backdoors into their HDDs? This is where the questions begin.

 

I'm going to expect a huge reaction from the opening paragraphs, but you know what - bring it on. Flame me. Berate me. Insult me. This story from Kaspersky deserves a knee-jerk reaction, and it deserves attention-grabbing headlines and some serious discussion into the future of how we do things, in various markets and subjects.

 

Of all the countries in the world, the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab were the ones to break the news of the NSA and its secret backdoors into our private lives. Worse yet, Kaspersky has said that it has found PCs in over 30 countries have been 'infected' with these "spying programs" in countries like Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Yemen and more.

 

Isn't it funny, that most of these countries that have been digitally infiltrated, are of interest to the United States? And that the NSA, is the United States' spy agency? Here's where you need to grab that tin foil hat, and place it on your head. Most people from here on out are going to be split down the middle. There are going to be those who believe that this isn't as bad as people like me are making it out to be, and then there are going to be those who believe in privacy who are going to be up in arms. Before we go into that, let's clarify what Kaspersky has found here.

 

The targets of the NSA's all-seeing backdoor included "government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, bank, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media and Islamic activists" according to Reuters. Kaspersky has yet to have named the country behind the spying campaign, but we can all guess which country it would be. The Russian software giant has said that the country responsible has close ties to Stuxnet, which is what the NSA built to attack Iran's uranium enrichment facility.

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