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NSA has 'industrial scale' malware for spying: report

Published on Mar 13, 2014 12:43 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The National Security Agency has developed malware that allows it to collect data automatically from millions of computers worldwide, a report based on leaked documents showed Wednesday.

The report co-authored by former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald for the online news site The Intercept said the program has dramatically expanded the US spy agency's ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale.

The report is based on classified documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

It said the surveillance technology allows the NSA to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware "implants" which can help the agency extract data from overseas Internet and phone networks.

 
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