The NSA monitors 100,000 offline computers using radio transmitters

By Justin Kahn ยท 13 replies
Jan 15, 2014
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  1. It is widely known that the NSA intercepts communications over the internet, but you may not have known the agency is spying on more than 100,000 computers that aren't connected to the net using radio technology.

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  2. roxxas2

    roxxas2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 65   +22

    How the HECK did TECHSPOT find out about this???
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    This story broke in the MSM two days ago...
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    The first rule of gov't spy programs applies to this development: Since we've heard about it, it's old tech that they were using at least 10 years before the article says they were. Naturally, this means the real story is to break 15 years from now when we hear they've been using drones to listen to electronic signals on computer hardware to figure out exactly what people are doing on their computers without ever having to come near the devices.
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    The reason this was useful is because they had to physically plug something into the intended target, this meant they had to choose their target wisely rather than spying on everything in and out of the country.
  6. Arnold Schwarzenegger did exactly this in True 1994.
  7. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    If we are hearing about it now its already been happening for over a decade.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,691

    I feel sorry for the dumb-asses that allowed this to take place. Makes me wonder where they are buried.
  9. Of course since most electronic boards are manufactured in China, China probably has had this capability far longer than the NSA and on far more computers! :)
  10. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,066   +427

    So if Intel made a few custom processors and they just happened to be shipped to certain 'customers'...
  11. In other news sources I read NSA has intercepted delivery of items before they reach the end user, done whatever they do, rewrapped indistinguishable to original then shipped them to end user. Also from what I read US military hardware is not supposed to use any chips etc. made in other countries like China. They did some audits though and found out some of their items (god knows, they have everything from ballistic missiles to whatever) had Chinese made chips in them.
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    Long story short: the entire system is just as corrupt and dysfunctional as everyone thinks it is.
  13. anniyan

    anniyan TS Rookie

    NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY (NSA) - The new "CYBER TERRORISTS" from U.S...use the computers with caution...hereafter..
  14. Sad that a nation that once embraced the constitution and liberty is now alienating all of their allies by their "war on terror". Between drones killing civilians and American citizens and prisons with no judicial process and the overzealousness of the NSA, the USA may find their only ally is themselves.

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