The NSA has managed to compromise over 50,000 computer networks in its effort to keep abreast of the political, military and economic situation around the world, Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad has reported on Friday.
Man-In-the-Middle BGP route hijacking attacks are becoming regular occurrences, but it’s still impossible to tell who is behind them, and what their ultimate goal is, warns Jim Cowie, co-founder and CTO of Internet intelligence company Renesys.
In response to the controversy over the alleged surveillance practices of the NSA, the White House established the Review Group on Intelligence and Communication Technologies, which is expected to provide recommendations to the president next week.
At the G20 summit held near St. Petersburg in September, attending delegates representing the 20 most powerful nations in the world have been handed gifts that included malware-laden USB drives and specially crafted mobile phone chargers able to steal information, it is claimed in a report published by Italian daily newspaper La Stampa.
There is nothing wrong with spying on foreign national leaders, even when they are allies, said NSA head General Keith Alexander and NI director James Clapper at a hearing before the US House Select Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
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