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N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: NSA, technology, spying on citizens, computers, off line, Radiowaves, USB sticks )

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While most of the software is inserted by gaining access to computer networks, the N.S.A. has increasingly made use of a secret technology that enables it to enter and alter data in computers even if they are not connected to the Internet

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Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:17 am
The radio frequency technology has helped solve one of the biggest problems facing American intelligence agencies for years: getting into computers that adversaries, and some American partners, have tried to make impervious to spying or cyberattack. In most cases, the radio frequency hardware must be physically inserted by a spy, a manufacturer or an unwitting user.

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Sue H (7)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:38 am

Brad H (21)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 10:05 am

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 6:49 pm
This NSA issue on cell phone and internet privacy makes peopleŚlike meŚwant to do less social networking. Some of us fear an Orwellian society like the one described in the book, 1984, written by George Orwell.

I hope to invest in a StartMail account this year after the prototype is fully tested. I probably will slowly wean myself from Care2 and Facebook.

There might soon be a day when an outspoken Conservative Constitutionalist may be spied upon by the NSA and become a victim of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was passed two years ago.

Sam H (410)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 6:51 pm
Any idea why all these cities are redacted on the map? Are they still afraid of the NSA even as they're exposing its practices?

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 7:12 pm
No idea why. I saw that article before when it also appeared in our German Handelsblatt and thought that was bad, not knowing but just guessing what else would come out.
Portland-you won't be safe anywhere, if they've laid eye in you or just randomly ran into you with some activity. It makes no difference if you're actually using your cell or smart phone, stick it in your pocket and they'll still track you where exactly you are then.

Sam H (410)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 7:30 pm
The date of the article is November 23, 2013. It sounds like the Dutch intelligence services are still covering for the NSA. Or that the information wasn't fit to print as our "Times" would conveniently say!

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 7:39 pm
Sam I noticed that actually the majority of NSA /Snowden revelations were reported on here before they got out over there. I would assume the latter what you say there.

Frances Darcy (133)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 1:26 am
Where will technology end....Big brother is getting too big for his boots!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 3:24 am
Thanks for sharing

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 4:33 am

Angelus S (120)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 7:30 am
They also have backdoors into all telecomm technologies. I had a Lucent digital answering machine and it was powered OFF. I was getting many strange calls following a case in which i had reported corporate polluiton to the EPA.After EPA warned me " good luck finding work", i began having telephone problems.So one day i was sitting at my desk and an incoming all came. I screened all calls, After perhaps 10 rings, the unpowered unit powered ON and the intercomm feature built into the unit activated so someone could listen in.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 7:46 am
Angelus thank you as well for sharing that personal experience here. There you have it, no surprise at all but good to read some individual case report rather than theoretical stuff!

Angelika R (143)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 8:41 am
Angelus, here's some addition to your comment a member meant to post here just FYI and for others, but perhaps in error sent it to PM.:
Some of these answering machines are designed to be set remotely. That is if you want to change your greeting or activate it if you forgot to do that before leaving home and stuff like that. Some of them activate after a certain number of rings. That's not to say that planting a listening device in them is beyond the realm of possibilities. :)
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