I know that this does not sound very surprising today in 2014 but think about how impressive this would be if it was leaked to the public in 2008. This software implant is called SOMBERKNAVE and it provides covert internet connectivity for isolated targets. What It Is SOMBERKNAVE is a software implant that is capable of using a Windows XP system’s 802.11 (WLAN) adapter (which is not in use) to route TCP traffic from a designated process to a secondary network. This means that if you, for example, were using Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) to visit yahoo’s website, SOMBERKNAVE would
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International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers are basically spoofed cell towers. There are many different types of IMSI catchers, everything from a home built $1000 unit to a professional grade one which can cost substantially more. The NSA has their own “version” of a GSM IMSI catcher which is called CANDYGRAM. I talked about CANDYGRAM in my article NSA’s Version of a GSM IMSI Catcher CANDYGRAM. International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) Catchers As I said above IMSI catchers are basically spoofed cell towers. These spoofed cell towers simply go between you and your handset and the service provider’s real
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This is one of the most non-surprising NSA documents I have seen. This device is named CANDYGRAM and its purpose is to act as an IMSI catcher for GSM cellular networks. What It Is CANDYGRAM is a device that mimics a GSM cell tower of a target network. This is basically the same thing as an IMSI catcher but with a few extra bells and whistles. One of the extra features is that it sends out an SMS though the external network to registered watch phones when a target handset enters the base station’s area of influence. CANDYGRAM is
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When people talk about governments, mass surveillance, and terrorism there are always complications mainly because the topics do not go together. Governments are always trying to stop the terrorists, in doing so, they perform mass surveillance. Once the people find out that the governments have been spying on their every move they get angry at the governments. The reality of the situation is that there needs to be more balance, cooperation, and communication between the governments, government agencies, and the people. This is a difficult problem to solve. Governments Before I start talking about governments let me first say
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Below are most of the known NSA codenames. Some of the codenames do not have a definition that corresponds with the name. This is because a lot of the codenames were recovered off LinkedIn profiles and other various websites. As of the day this article is published there are 300+ codenames on this list, as time goes on we may add more. 1. ACCORDIAN – Type 1 Cryptographic algorithm used in a number of crypto products 2. AGILITY – NSA internet information tool or database 3. AGILEVIEW – NSA internet information tool or database 4. AIGHANDLER – Geolocation analysis
Here is another one of the NSA’s hardware backdoors/implants. It is called RAGEMASTER, which is a hardware implant that is embedded on a standard Video Graphics Array (VGA) cable. What It Is RAGEMASTER is a hardware implant which is embedded on a standard Video Graphics Array (VGA) cable. RAGEMASTER taps into the red video line between a desktop (or laptop) computer and an external monitor. RAGEMASTER is illuminated by a radar unit and the illuminating signal (containing the red video information) is modulated. Then the modulated information is re-radiated, picked up at the radar, demodulated, and passed onto the
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Many people think of security and privacy as two different concepts, which is true, but many times when referring to the internet they go hand in hand. When a lot of people talk about their privacy on the internet they also are referring to security, or vice versa. Security Security has been a concern ever since the Stone Ages. The only difference is that we now have the internet to take into account. Security on the internet is a hard problem to solve primarily because the internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) was not built with security in mind. Back in
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