NSA has developed the prized technique of concealing spyware in hard drives.

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The exposure of these new spying tools could lead to greater backlash against Western technology, particularly in countries such as China. Read more:

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Russia’s Kaspersky Lab exposes U.S. cyber espionage program

Kaspersky Lab said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the U.S. spying programs

The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.

The long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyber espionage operations.

Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one of more of the spying programs, with the most infected seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists, Kaspersky said.

The firm declined to publicly name the country behind the spying campaign, but said it was closely linked to Stuxnet, the NSA-led cyberweapon that was used to attack Iran’s uranium enrichment facility. The NSA is the U.S. agency responsible for gathering electronic intelligence.

 

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