Snowden documents reveal NSA intercepts shipments, bugs equipment

hands on keyboard, online bullying
Credit: Colourbox

The NSA’s reach goes far deeper than most Americans imagined. In two reports released by German publication Spiegel, journalists found in whistleblower Edward Snowden’s documents that the NSA has an elite hacking team called Tailored Access Operations (TAO) that has intercepted deliveries and bugged the electronics of individuals.

Spiegel found that TAO appears to have a protocol for intercepting deliveries. TAO can divert the deliveries of electronics to individuals or companies and take them into their own secret workshops. Agents open the packages, bug the electronics and return them for delivery to the recipients. Agents can then monitor activity remotely.

Spiegel points out that even Juniper Networks, a company that prides itself on products that can block hackers and unwelcome visitors, is not safe from TAO. Juniper is just one on a long list of companies infiltrated by TAO, which has also compromised the security of Cisco, Huawei, Samsung and Dell, to name a few.

TAO even has a catalog of products it uses when infiltrating these companies, reports Spiegel. For example, a rigged monitor cable that lets “TAO personnel to see what is displayed on the targeted monitor” costs just $30. TAO even has equipment that can mimic a mobile phone tower, monitoring cell phones in its vicinity. That costs $40,000.

Spiegel pointed out that the manufacturers of diverted products seemed to have no knowledge of TAO’s activity.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

National

Every dog has his day in court, in…

(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty,…

Breaking: Local

Judge rules Tsarnaev can view victim autopsy photos

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can view the autopsy photographs of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Local

Police warn of attempted assault on woman near…

Police in Cambridge issued an alert after a woman said she was the victim of an attempted sexual assault after leaving Porter Square early Wednesday.…

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers…

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers and Braves right behind

MLB

Injury bug tearing holes in Red Sox

Red Sox fans will recall that last year the bullpen was decimated by injuries. From Franklin Morales to Andrew Miller, from Craig Breslow to Andrew…

MLB

MLB video highlights: White Sox beat Red Sox…

Red Sox fall on walk-off error to White Sox

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.