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Report: NSA Planned to Implant Millions of PCs with Surveilance Malware

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  March 13, 2014

Information based on "_secret documents leaked by former United States National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden_" has again exposed how the agency has been "_building a better command-and-control infrastructure_" to "_expanding its ability to infect computers_, "according to a recent article published by PC World. However, according to the report, a recent discovery shines a brighter light on the capabilities of some specific tools the agency had developed.

According to the article, the NSA's code-named "TURBINE_" was planned to perform _"automated control [of] implants by groups instead of individually_" and "_was supposed to include an 'Expert System' capable of managing malware implants with limited or no human input." The article goes on to indicate that the agency referred to TURBINE as "a brain that would automatically decide which tools should be provided to a given implant and how the implant should be used based on preset rules."

It is reported that the NSA needed TURBINE since "one of the greatest challenges for Active SIGINT/attack is scale_" and that "_human 'drivers' limit ability for large-scale exploitation (humans tend to operate within their environment, not taking into account the bigger picture)\, "according to the_ article. In addition, the article states that a "_NSA hacker_" was quoted in one of the leaked documents to say, "_If we can get the target to visit us in some web browser, we can probably own them."

Read much more about TURBINE in the complete article and detailed thoughts from security experts who shared their views regarding the ongoing controversy.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  March 13, 2014