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NSA Hid Spying Software in HDD's Firmware
« on: February 17, 2015, 12:06:38 am »
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"The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives."

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"Raiu said the authors of the spying programs must have had access to the proprietary source code that directs the actions of the hard drives. That code can serve as a roadmap to vulnerabilities, allowing those who study it to launch attacks much more easily."

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"According to former intelligence operatives, the NSA has multiple ways of obtaining source code from tech companies, including asking directly and posing as a software developer. If a company wants to sell products to the Pentagon or another sensitive U.S. agency, the government can request a security audit to make sure the source code is safe."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/nsa-hid-spying-software-in-hard-drive-firmware-report-says-1.2959252
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Re: NSA Hid Spying Software in HDD's Firmware
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2015, 09:24:58 pm »
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What else are they gonna do?  :o

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Re: NSA Hid Spying Software in HDD's Firmware
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2015, 09:46:12 pm »
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This doesn't look like a sustainable path, this "let's break everything in sight, so we could then satisfy our curiosity about other people's affairs".

Karma will get them, when the Pentagon or NSA is hacked via their own exploit one day ;D
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