The NSA intercepts computer deliveries to plant spyware into the laptop or desktop before it is delivered to the home or business of a person of interest. This latest claim is found in a new report from a German publication called Der Spiegel. According to PC World on Dec. 29, this well-organized operation is reportedly one of the most successful programs for the NSA to date.
When a computer is ordered online by a person of interest, the NSA intercepts this with a method they call “interdiction.” They divert the delivery to a “secret workshop” run by the NSA and the spyware is installed in the computer. The computer is then shipped to the customer who has not idea that it’s equipped with the latest spyware technology and watching every online move you make.
This is a special hacking unit of the NSA, this report claims. Where the publication got this information is not known, although the Der Spiegel is one of the publications along with The Guardian and The Washington Post that has in its possession the leaked information from Edward Snowden. There is no mention of Snowden with these no reports.
“Fox and Friends” on Monday morning live talked about this latest claim that has the NSA installing spyware into the personal computers of people around the nation. As you might expect this is a scary thought to many. The type of devices they are accused of planting in the computers to monitor every online move that you make leaves no stone unturned.
Der Spiegel wrote a “product catalog,” which consists of 50 pages of information it viewed from the NSA documents it based this latest report on. In these pages is described a division called “ANT.” This division “specializes in engineering access to products from companies such as firewall maker Juniper Networks, networking giants Cisco Systems and Huawei Technologies and Dell.”
This information indicates for every lock within the computer, this leg of the NSA agency has a key in its toolbox. Those crash boxes that pop up and ask you when your computer crashes if you would like to send a report of the crash to Microsoft, is something else the NSA is reported to have access to.
It sounds as if the NSA has the ability to get any information they may want from the personal computers across the nation.