Hackers use Snowden leaks to reverse-engineer NSA surveillance devices

by Jeremy Moore on July 6, 2014

 

Over the past year, we’ve learned of the many techniques the NSA has used to tap into global communications. However, Edward Snowden’s document leaks didn’t just uncover the gadgets the agency used, they also gave security researchers the necessary insights to develop their own. After the NSA’s classified Advanced Network Technology catalogue was published, Michael Ossmann and his team set about recreating two of its approved radio-based surveillance devices: one that could be fixed to a computer’s monitor connector to send on-screen images and another that can be fixed to a keyboard cable to collect keystrokes.

Before, nobody knew how the so-called “retro reflectors” worked, but armed with NSA documentation, Ossmann and co. were able to create their own tiny transistor-sized devices that could surreptitiously transfer wireless data to a nearby radio point (much like the NSA is reported to have done). For reference: intelligence officers can use radio-based trackers to monitor computers that are not connected to the internet. Now that the NSA tech is no longer a mystery, Ossmann intends to educate others about how the NSA’s bugs operate so they can be protected against in the future. He’s due to present his findings at the Defcon hacking conference in Las Vegas in August, alongside many other experts who have found ways to expose and rebuild the agency’s technology.

Source- Engadget

 

What's your reaction?
LOL
0%
Cheers
100%
What!?
0%
Meh...
0%
Sad
0%
RAGE!
0%
Comments
Leave a reply

You must log in to post a comment

Explicit Content

Gorillaz Strike Creative Gold With “Humanz”

Rock On The Range Performance Times Announced For Sold Out Festival May 19, 20 & 21 At MAPFRE...

A heavy Metal News Round Up From The Earsplit Compound

Members Of Butthole Surfers, Ween And The Melvins Release Debut Self Titled Album- Pure Luck

RIDE FOR RONNIE: Guns N’ Roses’ Steven Adler to Spearhead All-Star Jam During Afterno...

REX BROWN DEBUTS “CROSSING LINES” SINGLE

“Kill the lights.

Through Fire Epic Debut Release “BREATHE”

NIGHT RANGER – Don’t Let Up – 35 Years and still going!!

Dreamers Rock Sold Out A&R Bar

Fonts by Google Fonts. Icons by Fontello. Full Credits here »