More Leaks from Edward Snowden Indicate NSA Plans to Infect Millions of Computers

Episode 1066 (2:08:20)

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The most recent leak from Edward Snowden is about an NSA program called "Quantum." The Intercept, a publication created to release this information, claims that this quantum tool weaponizes the internet. It is a malware tool that can infect machines at an industrial scale exploitation. The agency has malware tools that could infect millions of computers worldwide that allows them to eavesdrop on the computer's owner. It can covertly record audio from the computer microphone and take pictures from the computer webcam.

While the NSA claims they're only doing this with people suspected of terrorism, Leo gets the impression that the NSA's goal is to infect everyone just in case. Quantum was originally used on a few hundred hard to reach targets. They developed this to monitor their communications without needing wiretaps. But the NSA, according to these documents, have aggressively accelerated these hacking initiatives over the last 10 years. Now they have an automated system called "Turbine," designed to allow the NSA to target millions of machines.

How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware (TheIntercept)…