Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Dec 2013 15:49 UTC

The German newspaper Der Spiegel has unveiled a whole bunch of stuff about the NSA and its tools that defy belief. Their tools and actions go way beyond what we already knew; we're not just talking passive information gathering through cables and such, but way, way more.

For instance, the NSA can divert shipments of purchased computers and equipment to their own secret workshops, where malware and spying hardware is added to these products before they are then shipped onward to the buyers. They also intercept Windows crash reports as they are sent from users' computers to Microsoft's servers. Worse yet, they can reportedly add special hardware to drones that can wirelessly infect computers from up to 8 kilometres away.

We've only seen the tip of the iceberg here. The fact that no heads are rolling in Washington over this illustrates just how corrupt and undemocratic the US government has become.

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It was a surprise to me. When I saw somebody saying that this was happening on Facebook (without a reliable source cited), I scoffed. I'm a hard core anti-government (crazy?) person, and I still didn't think the NSA would be going this far or be this blatant. Guess I needed to be taught the lesson yet another time.

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The123king Member since:

I know, right? I've always suspected the governments of this world, especially the UK and USA, were indeed spying on both their citizens and others through the copper and fibre network. It's easy enough, with big but hardly known companies running or, even worse universities, running the DNS servers, hacking the internet would be very easy. In a way it was inevitable. But i never thought a western government would be caught installing malware and "modchips" to comuters to spy on them. The "Big Brother" state is already here. We just didn't realise yet.

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kwan_e Member since:

Guess I needed to be taught the lesson yet another time.

I would tell you to assume the worst, but in my experience that makes everything seem all right, which is not a good thing.

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