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Submitted by Bob9113
Bob9113 (14996) writes "According to Glenn Greenwald, reporting at The Guardian: 'A June 2010 report from the head of the NSA's Access and Target Development department is shockingly explicit. The NSA routinely receives – or intercepts – routers, servers, and other computer network devices being exported from the US before they are delivered to the international customers. The agency then implants backdoor surveillance tools, repackages the devices with a factory seal, and sends them on. The NSA thus gains access to entire networks and all their users. The document gleefully observes that some "SIGINT tradecraft is very hands-on (literally!)".'"
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NSA Tampers With US Made Routers Before Export

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  • Thank you, Glenn Greenwald and Bob9113, for hindering America's intelligence efforts. There being no greater evil in today's world than USA, you did a great job picking your target.
    • by Bob9113 (14996)

      I work infosec for one of the Fortune Ten. My job is to make sure my corporation's data is safe. One of the biggest problems I have is that they don't realize they are under attack. Corporate espionage harms the global economy in the long run. A falling tide sinks all ships. When corporations learn about this stuff, they learn to protect themselves, and everyone wins. The fact that you think your team is better at cheating than the competition is no reason to endorse economically harmful behavior, unless yo

      • by mi (197448)
        That's what the manufacturers of Enigma [wikipedia.org] could've said to justify publicizing Alan Turing's efforts to decipher German military communications.
    • One other thing to add: neither Greenwald nor The Guardian are located in the US. I can't speak for Bob9113.

      So on behalf of all of them, you're welcome :)

      • by mi (197448)

        One other thing to add: neither Greenwald nor The Guardian are located in the US.

        They are both in UK, which benefited — and benefits — from America's military and intelligence operations. To hamper these operations is, at least, foolish. It is also ungrateful and, possibly — because they thus hamper their own country's efforts — even treasonous.

        In the times of Alan Turing they would've been hung for treason. I wonder, if that was not a wiser policy...

        • One other thing to add: neither Greenwald nor The Guardian are located in the US.

          They are both in UK, which benefited — and benefits — from America's military and intelligence operations. To hamper these operations is, at least, foolish. It is also ungrateful and, possibly — because they thus hamper their own country's efforts — even treasonous.

          In the times of Alan Turing they would've been hung for treason. I wonder, if that was not a wiser policy...

          The policies of the day didn't work out very well for Alan Turing, did they....

          The next thing you'll be saying is that Iraq benefits from America's military and intelligence operations, and to hamper these operations is foolish, ungrateful and possibly treasonous.

          Newsflash: just because you benefit from something doesn't mean that it is either morally or legally right. When a citizen sees government overreach without effective oversight, it is their constitutional responsibility to speak out, even if there

          • by mi (197448)

            The policies of the day didn't work out very well for Alan Turing, did they...

            UK's policies on homosexuality have nothing to do with policies on traitors. Most of the Bletchley Park were heterosexuals — I could've used other names, and my argument would've been just as solid.

            Newsflash: just because you benefit from something doesn't mean that it is either morally or legally right.

            No, it does not mean that. But it is so in the case of UK.

            When a citizen sees government overreach without effective over

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