WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – The National Security Agency has been accessing routers, servers and other computer network devices to plant backdoors and other spyware before the hardware is shipped overseas, reports CNET.
The accusation is at the heart of a new book from journalist Glenn Greenwald. In “No Place to Hide,” Greenwald details documents obtained from NSA leaker Edward Snowden that show how the NSA is intercepting devices in the U.S. before they are exported.
According to The Guardian, the report details how the NSA allegedly intercepted American-made hardware, embedded backdoor surveillance tools, then repackaged the equipment and sentg it onto international customers.
With such backdoor surveillance systems in place, the NSA could conceivably gain access to almost any global computer network.
“In one recent case, after several months a beacon implanted through supply-chain interdiction called back to the NSA covert infrastructure,” the NSA report says, according to the Guardian. “This call back provided us access to further exploit the device and survey the network”
In statements sent to CNET, the agency said it relies on U.S.-made products to “protect our nation’s most sensitive information” and its intelligence gathering is only focused on “valid foreign intelligence targets.” The agency declined to comment on specific activities.
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