While most surveillance software installed on computers is implanted through networks, the NSA has now developed secret technology that permits surveillance and can alter data in computers not connected to the internet. The technology relies on a covert channel of radio waves transmitted from tiny circuit boards and USB cards inserted surreptitiously into computers. These radio waves can be relayed by small briefcase-sized devices up to eight miles away from the target.
In most cases, the hardware and software is inserted by a spy, a manufacturer, or an unwitting user. The NSA claims that the program, known as Quantum, mostly targets foreign industrial and military entities, ranging from China to Mexico, the European Union, Saudi Arabia, India, and Pakistan.
“What’s new here is the scale and the sophistication of the intelligence agency’s ability to get into computers and networks to which no one has ever had access before,” said James Andrew Lewis, the cyber security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
While there is no evidence that the NSA has used this technology on its own citizens, many are wary, as the NSA has not been truthful in the past. The various elements of the program have been leaked by Edward Snowden and may undermine confidence in US-made information products such as laptop computers and cloud services.
The NSA has already inserted implants in 100,000 computers around the world. IPhones, large network servers, and other equipment are targets as well. The NSA has also been trying to weaken publicly available encryption systems.
Widespread surveillance in a globalized world is vital to controlling Earth’s populations. Eventually, these technologies could be used to monitor the activities of God’s people. Revelation 13:15–17.
“NSA devises radio pathway into computers isolated from web,” The Sydney Morning Herald, Jan. 15, 2014.
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