It was reported this week that the NSA has discovered how to hide spyware inside the hard drives of consumer computers. According to recent reports, the software allows the NSA to eavesdrop on pretty much any activity that is taking place on the computer.
This recent development was discovered by the Russian cyber-security company Kaspersky Lab, when they found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more spy programs connected with the NSA. The computers were not just used in America, but all throughout the world. In fact, the areas that had the most infected computers were areas that are currently in diplomatic conflicts with the US, including, Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria.
The company did not actually come out and say that the NSA was responsible, but said that the country behind the software was closely linked to Stuxnet, a cyberweapon virus that was created by the NSA and US intelligence forces to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Once the report was released, the story was confirmed by former NSA analysts, who said that the program and the spyware does actually exist.
According to Kaspersky’s research, some of the top companies in the industry have NSA spyware in their computers. The companies include, Western Digital Corp, Seagate Technology Plc, Toshiba Corp, IBM, Micron Technology Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.
It is not clear whether or not these companies had any knowledge of the program and the software that made its ware onto their computers.
NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines declined to comment on the report.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.