New York, NY, United States (4E) – The National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on some 100,000 foreign computers not connected to the Internet using tiny devices that transmit those machines’ data by radio waves, according to a report by the New York Times.
The newspaper, which based its report on documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, reported that the NSA has been inserting for several years the tiny circuit boards into computers to spy on the Chinese and Russian military as well as drug cartels, European Union trade groups and government agencies in India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
With this method, the NSA is breaching the simple but most effective anti-hacking security for computers, which is disconnection from the Internet. However, the NSA method was previously unknown.
The report quoted NSA spokesman Vanee Vines as denying that computers in the U.S. were inserted with the same spying devices. Vines also denied that the sophisticated but not new method of foreign intelligence gathering is not intended to steal trade secrets of foreign companies unlike what Chinese hackers do using the same radio wave software placed on computer systems of American companies or government agencies.