While it is two years ago that the former NSA employee Edward Snowden began to leak internal, top-secret documents about American spies monitoring of Internet users continues the US intelligence services still new revelations in between.
SIM card manufacturer admits: NSA broke into their secret archives.
This time it is the medium The Intercept, which may reveal Snowden documents from the NSA and the British spy service GCHQ, which shows that the two spy services have tried to turn on several antivirus programs to better exploit them for espionage purposes.
According to the documents, efforts have been directed at several different companies’ software, but Russian Kaspersky are among those most often mentioned by name.
Also mails and malware
The attack against antivirus and other security software is because these types of software typically have access to do more on the computer than other types of software. It also makes them more attractive as a target, if you will penetrate and eavesdrop on people or steal their data.
The Intercept also describes that spy services have intercepted e-mails sent to antivirus companies to get their hands on new viruses and malware that can be used for monitoring purposes. A number of other antivirus companies also mentioned in documents such as Avast, F-Secure and Bitdefender, but it is uncertain whether these also have been tampered with
Snowden’s revelations have preliminary preferably meant increased attention to monitoring – but it is still quite unclear to what extent the NSA and GCHQ has continued the extensive surveillance programs after Snowden’s leak.
CSC witness watched.
Yesterday, it also emerged that the journalist and IT expert Jacob Appelbaum, who also has been one of the strong voices in the debate about the NSA monitoring, from 2010, reviewed its mail by the US authorities.
Appelbaum, among other things, worked with the leak site WikiLeaks and anonymity browser Tor, one of the witnesses in the case against the hacker sentenced Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, who last week was sentenced in the High Court to have hacked a number of Danish registers at CSC in 2012.
It was Appelbaums mail from Google’s Gmail service, which was handed over to US authorities, which also banned Google to tell Appelbaum about it.
The direct text and reading between the lines suggests in a greatly reduced superpower exclusively focused on their use of electronics without having a really effective military and intelligence services.