Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/15/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Old school technology allows sophisticated monitoring.

The National Security Agency has planted hardware and software into some 100,000 computers around the world, permitting it to tap into those systems to monitor activity and upload malware. The agency can also stage sophisticated cyber attacks using the inroads created by these compromised systems.

A compromised USB cable is all the NSA needs. No internet is required to monitor you.

A compromised USB cable is all the NSA needs. No internet is required to monitor you.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/15/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: NSA, radio, 100, 000, spying, targets, agency, China, USB, transceiver


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Every revelation seems to add a chapter to a tale of an agency drunk with its own power and fueled by unbridled talent. Documents that are slowly being published after being leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, shows that the agency has operated with abandon.

In the latest revelation, the NSA has developed devices which can be implanted into, or plugged into computers, and communicates by radio with another computer up to eight miles away. That other computer can be carried in a briefcase and operated by an NSA agent who can use his access to manipulate the infected computer, uploading malware, monitoring its use, staging cyber attacks and more. The infected computer doesn't even need to be attached to the internet.

The devices are small and can fit inside the plug of a USB cable or can be placed inside a computer during manufacture. The primary idea is that the user of the compromised system has no idea they're being monitored. Even as users may keep the system unplugged from the internet, they're still transmitting data to the NSA.

As a spy tool, it's an incredible system. However, as a tool of mass surveillance and attack, it's frightening. According to the leaked documents, the NSA has installed these devices on over 100,000 computers. There just aren't that many terrorists in the world.

So far, all indications appear that these compromised computers are overseas. None are known to exist in the United States where such surveillance would be illegal. Despite this, the lack of trust in the government and the NSA probably has people worried.

Short of dismantling every component in a system, there's really no way of telling for sure.

Documents indicate that the U.S. has been monitoring more than terrorists. The Chinese Army has been a prominent target, or so it appears. Notably, China has been notorious for trying to steal U.S. secrets, particularly intellectual property, and when such efforts have been revealed the U.S. government has lashed out at China from the White House, no less. Now we learn that we are playing the same game as the Chinese.

The documents also suggest the technology has been used to hack Russian military networks, networks in the European Union, and Mexican drug cartel networks. We have also spied on our partners in the War of Terror, including Saudi Arabia, India, and Pakistan.

Much of the information in the documents appears to be dated, perhaps as far back as 2008. This implies that the NSA has probably evolved beyond these systems to even more sophisticated methods of spying. In any case, the agency continues its work, content to answer only to itself and its own secret court for guidance.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

FBI investigating Gov. McAuliffe, Clinton Foundation for Chinese ties Watch

Image of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is under FBI investigation for accepting illegal campaign contributions.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The FBI is investigating Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on the grounds that he accepted illegal campaign contributions. There is overlap between his donors and donors to the Clinton campaign. Investigators have discovered that a Chinese politician made a particularly ... continue reading


American Steel v. China's Production - There is no such thing as free trade Watch

Image of American steel jobs have drastically fallen (iisssc).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

As American steel production falters, China has begun efforts to dump its excess steel at slashed prices. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute, and Chuck Schmitt, president of SSAB ... continue reading


'Shame, shame, shame': House Democrats boo Republicans Watch

Image of House Republicans halt the hostile amendment in its tracks (EPA).

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Chaos erupted as the US House of Representatives refused to pass an amendment meant to strip away religious freedom and protections for religious contractors and those who work with the federal government. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When House Democrats ... continue reading


Judge SPANKS Obama's attorneys who LIED to the court! Watch

Image of Judge Andrew Hanen shut down Obama's attorneys for lying.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An angry federal judge has ordered Justice Department attorneys to take annual ethics classes for lying. The lies told by Justice Department attorneys tricked 26 states into filing a lawsuit against the administration. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - U.S. ... continue reading


Bill Clinton, America's favorite rapist? Watch

Image of Thew family that rapes together, destroys women's rights and justice together.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

As Hillary Clinton declares herself the presumptive nominee of the Democratic party amid the cheers of millions of millennial supporters, few people seem to remember that her husband, Bill Clinton, is an accused serial rapist. And far from being a supporter of women' ... continue reading


YES! Oklahoma votes to outlaw abortion! Watch

Image of The Oklahoma legislature has voted to end abortion in their state.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Oklahoma has outlawed abortion! The state legislature has passed a bill that would criminalize the procedure, except to save the life of the mother. The bill will now go to the governor for signing. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The final decision will be up to ... continue reading


'It's a suicide mission': Mitt Romney will not launch campaign Watch

Image of Mitt Romney will not launch a third-party presidential campaign.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Former Massachusetts governor and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has announced plans to halt all recruitment for a third-party presidential campaign. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Yahoo! News, Romney initially attempted to recruit ... continue reading


Obama 'Hope' Street Artist calls out President as failure Watch

Image of Street artist Shepard Fairey admitted his disappointment in US President Barack Obama.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Street artist Shepard Fairey, who created the iconic "Obama Hope" poster, has jumped on board the Bernie Sanders train and claims US President Barack Obama did not meet expectations. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Info Wars, Fairley stated Obama went ... continue reading


Bernie Sanders is all but out, which makes him more relevant than ever before Watch

Image of Will Bernie Sanders run as a third party candidate? His campaign says no.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

It's super unlikely that the Sanders campaign can win the Democratic nomination, short of any deus ex machina event, but that doesn't mean he plans to quit. In fact, Sanders is just getting started. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Last night, Hillary Clinton ... continue reading


'What about OUR kids?': Obama creates jobs for refugees Watch

Image of US President Barack Obama set aside a $21 million budget to create summer jobs for America's youth (wallpapercave).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

School is nearly out and summer is upon us. Students and the unemployed will be hired for summer jobs while vacationers spur the economy. Everyone is hiring and the Obama administration is doing its part as well, with a budget of $21 million to create jobs nationwide ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Daily Readings for Wednesday, May 25, 2016
  • Daily Reading for Thursday, May 26th, 2016 HD Video
  • Nun fatally attacked in South Sudan
  • St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, May 25, 2016
  • Benedict XVI to make public appearance?
  • Goodbye El Nino! Hello La Nina! What does this mean for the Atlantic ...
  • Prayer to Holy Michael the Archangel HD Video

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Peter 1:18-25
18 For you know that the price of your ransom from the futile way of life ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
12 Praise Yahweh, Jerusalem, Zion, praise your God.13 For he ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 10:32-45
32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem; Jesus was walking on ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 25th, 2016 Image

St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
May 25: It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical ... Read More