2013-12-30. - Snowdens material avslöjar att NSA infekterat över 85.000 datorer globalt, med skadlig kod. TAO - ett gäng statliga nördar, avslöjas utgöra NSA:s hemliga vapen i jakten på de luriga terroristerna...
TAO står för "Tailored Access Operations" och skall enligt reklamen göra "det omöjliga möjligt" inom statlig cyberterror och offensiv kriminell spaning...
TAO Revealed: - The NSA's 'top secret weapon'
Publicerad den 30 dec 2013Their job is to get the ungettable. A unit of mostly young hackers are helping the National Security Agency break into computers around the world to access some of the toughest targets.
German news magazine Der Spiegel published a report over the weekend revealing the National Security Agency's top hacking unit, the Tailored Access Operations. It's best described as a team of digital plumbers that unclog blocked access to targets.
- One of their most sophisticated set of tools lists Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as targets, and was used to gain important economic data from high-ranking members of OPEC.
RT's Perianne Boring takes a closer look at TAO.
NSA Interception: Spy malware installed on laptops bought online
Publicerad den 30 dec 2013If you're considering buying a new laptop online, you might want to think twice ... because US intelligence agencies are reportedly planting bugs on them before they reach their destination. German news magazine Der Spiegel says there is a special NSA unit dedicated to the task. RT's Peter Oliver has more. For even more on this spy story, let's cross live to London and talk to Jim Killock from the Open Rights Group.
CNET NEWS 2013-12-30
A new report from Der Spiegel, based on internal National Security Agency documents, reveals more details about how the spy agency gains access to computers and other electronic devices to plant backdoors and other spyware.
The Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO, is described as a "squad of digital plumbers" that deals with hard targets -- systems that are not easy to infiltrate. TAO has reportedly been responsible for accessing the protected networks of heads of state worldwide, works with the CIA and FBI to undertake "sensitive missions," and has penetrated the security of undersea fiber-optic cables.
TAO also intercepts deliveries of electronic equipment to plant spyware to gain remote access to the systems once they are delivered and installed.
Der Spiegel: Inside TAO -Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit
Der Spiegel: Shopping for Spy Gear - Catalog Advertises NSA Toolbox
According to the report, the NSA has planted backdoors to access computers, hard drives, routers, and other devices from companies such as Cisco, Dell, Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor, Samsung, and Huawei.
The report describes a 50-page product catalog of tools and techniques that an NSA division called ANT, which stands for Advanced or Access Network Technology, uses to gain access to devices.
This follows a report that the security firm RSA intentionally allowed the NSA to create a backdoor into its encryption tokens.
NSA har infekterat 85.000 datorer med skadlig kod - TAO-nördar fixar extrema kriminella hack