US spy services conducted 231 'offensive cyberoperations' in 2011: Report
WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States spy services conducted 231 "offensive cyberoperations" in 2011, mostly targeting Iran, Russia, China and North Korea, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.
The revelation is based on a classified intelligence budget provided to the paper by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden, as well as on interviews with former US officials.
The Post also reported that, under a US$652 million (S$835 million) project code-named Genie, US specialists hack foreign computer networks to secretly put them under American control.
This involves placing "covert implants" in computers, routers and firewalls, it said, adding that by year's end Genie is projected to control at least 85,000 "malware" plug-ins in machines around the globe.