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NSA Malware Infected 50,000 Computer Networks

Edward Snowden shows where the American intelligence service NSA infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malware, according to Dutch media outlet NRC and the Documents provided by former NSA-employee

The NSA management presentation slide from 2012 shows a world map spiderwebbed with "Computer Network Exploitation" access points in more than 50,000 locations around the globe.CNE is the secret infiltration of computer systems achieved by installing malware, malicious software.

All the slides we've seen so far, this one is unlikely to win a Powerpoint beauty pageant anytime soon. Not that this should deter anyone from the profoundly disturbing implications of a US government malware map being reported by a Dutch news agency.

NSA special department employee more then a thousand hackers. The NSA computer attacks are performed by a special department called TAO (Tailored Access Operations). Public sources show that this department employs more than a thousand hackers. 

As recently as August 2013, the Washington Post published articles about these NSA-TAO cyber operations. In these articles The Washington Post reported that the NSA installed an estimated 20,000 ‘implants’ as early as 2008. 

These articles were based on a secret budget report of the American intelligence services. By mid-2012 this number had more than doubled to 50,000, as is shown in the presentation NRC Handelsblad laid eyes on.

Cyber operations are increasingly important for the NSA. Computer hacks are relatively inexpensive and provide the NSA with opportunities to obtain information that they otherwise would not have access to. The NSA-presentation shows their CNE-operations in countries such as Venezuela and Brazil. The malware installed in these countries can remain active for years without being detected.

The malware can be controlled remotely and be turned on and off at will. The ‘implants’ act as digital ‘sleeper cells’ that can be activated with a single push of a button. According to theWashington Post, the NSA has been carrying out this type of cyber operation since 1998.

NRC concludes its explosive article by telling us that the Dutch government's intelligence services has its own hacking unit, but is prohibited by law from performing the type of operations the NSA appears to have done in the CNE slide.

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