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

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Storage | Posted: Feb 18, 2015 5:12 pm

Former NSA Employee Admits Kaspersky's Analyst Was Correct

 

The National Security Agency needed to be reined in when NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on its overreaching spying programs two years ago, but instead it seems to have continued plotting along vacuuming up as much data on the people, governments, corporations and companies of the world.

 

Reuters' report on the story has a former NSA employee saying that Kaspersky's analyst was indeed correct, and that people within the US spy agency value these spying programs as highly as Stuxnet. Another "former intelligence operative" also confirmed with Reuters that the NSA has developed an elaborate technique of baking spyware into hard drives, which is what we're slowing learning about right now.

 

Reuters then loses me by reporting that "the disclosure could further hurt the NSA's surveillance abilities, already damaged by massive leaks by former contractor Edward Snowden". The article continues, saying that "Snowden's revelations have hurt the United States' relations with some allies and slowed the sales of US technology products abroad".

 

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Now which American company's product sales have been slowed exactly? Apple is making more money than ever, shipping more iPhones than ever. Google is selling more Android-based devices than ever, Microsoft is swinging right back into the game, Facebook has over one billion monthly active users - to the everyday person, American companies are doing just fine.

 

What needs to be addressed here, is that the NSA is a part of the US government. In a way, the US government has been busted spying on other countries, by providing them with malware in their HDDs. This is worse than an actual hack on their networks and systems, as it's a much more elaborate. In Kaspersky's words, the malware "surpasses anything known in terms of complexity and sophistication of techniques, and that has been active for almost two decades". Scary stuff.

 

President Obama needs to come out on national TV right now and address this, bringing the NSA and its far-reaching powers to a close. Do we remember how the US reacted to Sony being hacked by North Korea over 'The Interview' movie? Obama was quick to impose sanctions against North Korea in a response by the Obama administration to the hack against Sony, but Obama is nowhere to be seen when his own government is using taxpayers' money to spy on countless countries and possibly hundreds of millions, if not billions of people.

 

At the time, President Obama signed an executive order that saw the US Treasury taking action against North Korea, with Treasury secretary Jack Lew saying in a statement "Today's actions are driven by our commitment to hold North Korea accountable for its destructive and destabilizing conduct". Now, I would consider having backdoor access to virtually all PCs in the world "destructive" and "destabilizing", wouldn't you?

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