NSA Reportedly Posed As Facebook To Infect Computers With Malware




” The National Security Agency has reportedly used automated systems to infect user computers with malware since 2010, according to a Wednesday report. And at times the agency pretended to be Facebook to install its malware.

  The NSA has been using a program code-named Turbine to contaminate computers and networks with malware “implants” capable of spying on users, according to news website The Intercept, which cited documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

  Between 85,000 and 100,000 of these implants have been deployed worldwide thus far, the report said.

To infect computers with malware, the NSA has relied on various tactics, including posing as Facebook.

Other ways the NSA infects malware onto computers include sending out spam emails.

  The NSA is capable of installing different kinds of malware, each capable of performing different tasks. According to the report, certain malware can:

• Use a computer’s microphone to record audio;

• Use a computer’s webcam to take photos;

• Record a computer’s Internet browsing history;

• Record login details and passwords use for Web services;

• Log users’ keystrokes;

• Extract data from flash drives when they are plugged into infected computers;

• Block users from accessing certain websites;

• Corrupt files that computers attempt to download.”


Seattle Times