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    NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    LONDON (AP) — A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets.
    Der Spiegel's revelations relate to a division of the NSA known as Tailored Access Operations, or TAO, which is painted as an elite team of hackers specializing in stealing data from the toughest of targets.

    Citing internal NSA documents, the magazine said Sunday that TAO's mission was "Getting the ungettable," and quoted an unnamed intelligence official as saying that TAO had gathered "some of the most significant intelligence our country has ever seen."


    The NSA doesn't just rely on James Bond-style spy gear, the magazine said. Some of the attacks described by Der Spiegel exploit weaknesses in the architecture of the Internet to deliver malicious software to specific computers. Others take advantage of weaknesses in hardware or software distributed by some of the world's leading information technology companies, including Cisco Systems, Inc. and China's Huawei Technologies Ltd., the magazine reported.
    Der Spiegel cited a 2008 mail order catalog-style list of vulnerabilities that NSA spies could exploit from companies such as Irvine, California-based Western Digital Corp. or Round Rock, Texas-based Dell Inc. The magazine said that suggested the agency was "compromising the technology and products of American companies."


    One of the most striking reported revelations concerned the NSA's alleged ability to spy on Microsoft Corp.'s crash reports, familiar to many users of the Windows operating system as the dialogue box which pops up when a game freezes or a Word document dies. The reporting system is intended to help Microsoft engineers improve their products and fix bugs, but Der Spiegel said the NSA was also sifting through the reports to help spies break into machines running Windows. One NSA document cited by the magazine appeared to poke fun at Microsoft's expense, replacing the software giant's standard error report message with the words: "This information may be intercepted by a foreign sigint (signals intelligence) system to gather detailed information and better exploit your machine."
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    More and more information coming out about the NSA (AKA Big Brother). Sickening what they are doing and absolutely insane that they have this power.


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    Re: NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    Not surprising. They've been caught spying in several other instances, and imo this only serves to monitor the increasing malcontent in this country. Unfortunately, I don't think the NSA has much to worry about in that regard. Either that, or they're doing a fine job covering it up-

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    Re: NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    More and more information coming out about the NSA (AKA Big Brother). Sickening what they are doing and absolutely insane that they have this power.
    Big Brother? Where did it say anything about it was being used against Americans? Insane that they have this power? What, would you prefer that Al Queda or a group of hackers have it? The hackers do anyway. Why is it you think we should not spy on or enemies or other countries inorder to have the intelligence data needed to defend ourselves?

    Very little of what is in that article is much of a surprise, or even news. Most of those vulnerabilities were well know, some for a very longtime. Cisco has been in the news several times about their vulnerabilities. Windows has been know to have security holes for as long as there has been windows. They didn't even go into all the vulnerabilities of Linksys and other routers in common use.
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    Re: NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    Ubantu..Linux? i wonder how easy those are to exploit.
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    Re: NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    What, would you prefer that Al Queda or a group of hackers have it?
    Well if al-Qa'ida might try to hurt Americans then by all means, tear up the Constitution and let's give the government free reign to do whatever they want to 'keep us safe".

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    Re: NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    Quote Originally Posted by soot View Post
    Well if al-Qa'ida might try to hurt Americans then by all means, tear up the Constitution and let's give the government free reign to do whatever they want to 'keep us safe".

    Again, where in the article and information presented does it ever say that the NSA employees these methods against US Citizens?

    Also, nice selective editing. Care to respond to the rest of my previous post?
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    Re: NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Big Brother? Where did it say anything about it was being used against Americans?
    In this specific article it doesnt mention much about the NSA being used against Americans. The only mention was that about Microsoft. But the NSA is used against Americans.....

    Insane that they have this power? What, would you prefer that Al Queda or a group of hackers have it?

    Yes Al Queda will have the capabilities and billions upon billions of dollars the NSA posses and the man power and knowledge. Get real man.

    The hackers do anyway. Why is it you think we should not spy on or enemies or other countries inorder to have the intelligence data needed to defend ourselves?
    Where exactly did i say we shouldnt spy on our enemies?
    How is this defending ourselves? Claim on “Attacks Thwarted” by NSA Spreads Despite Lack of Evidence - ProPublica


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    Re: NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    I was just about to start a thread about this very thing over here on this subforum, and then I fortunately found this one first.

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    Re: NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    In this specific article it doesnt mention much about the NSA being used against Americans. The only mention was that about Microsoft. But the NSA is used against Americans.....



    Yes Al Queda will have the capabilities and billions upon billions of dollars the NSA posses and the man power and knowledge. Get real man.


    Where exactly did i say we shouldnt spy on our enemies?
    How is this defending ourselves? Claim on “Attacks Thwarted” by NSA Spreads Despite Lack of Evidence - ProPublica
    Actually, many of these vulnerabilities have been known for years and yes, many third world hackers already know about them.

    You didn't specifically, but you will have to forgive those who get that impression from "Sickening what they are doing and absolutely insane that they have this power."
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    Re: NSA Hacking Tactics Revealed By Der Spiegel

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Actually, many of these vulnerabilities have been known for years and yes, many third world hackers already know about them.
    The capabilities the NSA has? No they dont.


    You didn't specifically, but you will have to forgive those who get that impression from "Sickening what they are doing and absolutely insane that they have this power."
    " hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets"
    Actions such as: Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'
    Not Just Porn, NSA Targeted Academics, Private Citizens Too - YouTube
    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/0...ions-americans
    NSA reportedly collecting millions of personal online contact lists worldwide | Fox News
    NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally - The Washington Post
    NSA Collected Data On 60 Million Phone Calls In Spain Over Course Of One Month: Report


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