Der Spiegel reports on the NSA's "plumbers" at the Office of Tailored Access Operations, who collect and deploy exploits to infiltrate computers and even redirect shipments so they can install malware and hardware backdoors on electronics ordered by those they are targeting.
Jacob Appelbaum [AKA ioerror] reports
on the NSA's 'catalog', which ranges from $30 monitor cables that send back screenshots, to exploits for network security hardware from Cisco and Huawei, to backdoored BIOS code and firmware for all major hard drive manucfacturers.
While some of the NSA's malware requires physical access or proximity, much of it is remotely installable over the Internet.
At the 30c3 conference in Hamburg,
Appelbaum gives an in-depth talk about the NSA's Tailored Access Operations hacking activities
and its 'interdiction' process, whereby computers are tampered with during shipping or as part of a 'black-bag' operation.
Appelbaum, a Wikileaks affiliate who has reported on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, has been personally targeted
by such operations, as have his family members.
posted by anemone of the state
on Dec 30, 2013 -
The Wapo first reported
that a security researcher Michael Lynn of ISS
had discovered a critical hole in Cisco routers, was ready to present his findings at Blackhat
, and then suddenly bowed out. Some began to cry "cover-up
", and Cisco denied
. Then, dramatically
, Lynn resigned from ISS and gave his presentation, saying "I'm probably about to be sued to oblivion. (But) the worst thing is to keep this stuff secret."
posted by sohcahtoa
on Jul 27, 2005 -
Who Lost China's Internet?
Here's a problem for your American company. You want access to the lucrative and growing Chinese information technology market but the Chinese government is demanding some questionable things from you. If you're Cisco you bend over backwards to make your routers filter subversive content. If you're Network Solutions you donate 300 viruses to study. If you're Yahoo! then you censor chat rooms, filter searches, and underreport your traffic. But if you're Microsoft you refuse to cough up your source code and call their bluff. Strangely, that puts Microsoft, The Voice of America, and the Cult of the Dead Cow on the same side. (via Peek-a-Booty
posted by euphorb
on Mar 3, 2002 -
pledges $10 million to a fund that will assist the families of the firefighters, police officers and emergency rescue personnel who perished while responding to the attack on the World Trade Center. Cisco Systems
has made gifts to key relief and support organizations serving the New York City and Washington D.C. areas, including a $6 million donation. Microsoft
is making a donation of $10 million in cash and technical services. Know of any other companies that are doing something similar?
posted by riffola
on Sep 14, 2001 -