THE NSA UNCHAINED


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TAO: The NSA’s Hacker Plumber Wunderkinds

A new Snowden leak disclosed in Der Spiegel details the operations of the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations group (TAO), the “plumbers” of the spy agency who collect and deploy exploits to infiltrate computer systems. Reportedly, Edward Snowden turned down a chance join the group.

TAO’s repertoire of attacks included unpublished exploits and back-doors for products from major US IT companies like Microsoft and Cisco, as well as foreign companies like Huawei. Spiegel reports that TAO infiltrated networks in 89 countries, including “the protected networks of democratically elected leaders of countries.” They took special interest in Mexico’s anti-terror efforts, running an operation called WHITETAMALE that compromised the Mexican Secretariat of Public Security.

The tactics deployed by TAO relied upon other NSA programs, like the infamous XKeyscore, which was used to passively intercept crash reports from…

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1 Response to THE NSA UNCHAINED

  1. Thanks for sharing. This is insane at all levels. Individuals, businesses, and nation states are all vulnerable to the manipulation of data and disruption of electronic controls and services.
    This monster we’ve created makes Hitler and his ilk look like infant warriors.
    The future of humankind is very bleak.

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