Spyware Linked To NSA Discovered In Hard Drives Across The World

All computing devices designed by Western companies likely fatally compromised by in-built backdoors


When I read this article I was so shaken by the implications that I turned to Mike Harris, our resident expert in the computing industry, for verification that it could be true. Mike replied:

Absolutely, not only hard drives but also back doors within microprocessors, which is why Putin mandated last year that Russia no longer buy any Intel or AMD products and that Russia design and manufacture their own.

Mike added:

People need to understand just how exposed they are.

Let’s think about the implications of this – every computing device could be fundamentally compromised by software code built into the firmware of the electronic components.

Therefore, there is no security, it is all totally undermined by these ‘backdoors’. This is worrying enough when it is your home computer, laptop or cell phone that is at risk, but when you consider the same issue applies to computers doing much more important tasks such as monitoring nuclear reactors or processing signals in the fly-by-wire system of a fighter jet then things become exponentially more worrying.

In short, the entire concept of computer security is fundamentally undermined by this revelation.

While the immensity of the implications of this discovery were sinking in I happened to mention to Mike that one of Intel’s main design centres was in Israel. Mike replied:

They have many design centers, but they made a coordinated effort to locate R&D assets in Israel; former Intel CEO Andy Grove was an avid pro-Israel Zionist.

Oh, so that means that it’s not just the NSA who can access these backdoors, the Israelis will no doubt have access too, seeing as they were designed into the devices in Israel in the first place! Mike further explained:

That has been an Israeli initiative for some time now, as it gives them access to R&D that they would never have on their own and they have nothing to offer, only to gain; then they resell the tech to other countries and steal the IP from the companies. It is a racket for the Zionists.

What a racket! In a computerised world, holding the secret key to the hidden backdoors within all computing devices gives you a massive degree of control and access to almost any information held in computerised form – which is virtually all information! 

I looked at wikipedia and learned that there are over 250 foreign R&D Centers in Israel:

List of multinationals with research and development centres in Israel

Intel established their R&D centre in Israel way back in 1974; AMD followed suit in 2011, opening an R&D centre in Ramat Gan, near Tel-Aviv. Mike commented on the AMD move:

Funny how that works and Putin forbids the sale of their products within 18-24 months after that; then tie that to the improvements in Russia military capabilities shortly after that.  I am sure you are connecting the dots…”

Sure I’m connecting the dots; as the Russians obviously found out about these backdoors some time ago, hence they stopped using components containing the nefarious code, leading to Putin’s initiative for Russia to develop their own semiconductor products with the result that their military capabilities are improved by the removal of compromised Western components and replacement with Russian ones.

Russian state news agency TASS reported last year that Russia wants to replace US computer chips with local processors:

“Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry plans to replace US microchips Intel and AMD, used in government’s computers, with domestically-produced micro processor Baikal in a project worth dozens of millions of dollars.

The Baikal micro processor will be designed by a unit of T-Platforms, a producer of supercomputers, next year, with support from state defense conglomerate Rostec and co-financing by state-run technological giant Rosnano.”

Replacing compromised foreign products with sound domestic ones will no doubt make Russian readers sleep a little more soundly, knowing their military is wise to the racket and has taken steps to remedy the situation. However, it has a far more unsettling effect on those of us who live in countries who posses militaries armed and equipped with compromised hardware.

I happen to be 17 miles from a nuclear power station as I write this article and I can’t help but wonder just how secure the computers that control those reactors are, if they contain compromised components with backdoors for bad guys to slip through and do untold damage. The Fukushima disaster may well have been partly caused by a cyber attack; now we can see just how vulnerable to such attacks we are.


Giuseppe Macri, The Daily Caller
Spyware Linked To NSA Discovered In Hard Drives Across The World

Noted cybersecruity firm Kaspersky Lab has discovered evidence of advanced spyware likely tied to the National Security Agency embedded deep in hard drives from more than a dozen manufacturers worldwide.

According to the Moscow-based firm, which released a report detailing the threat Monday, the spyware is able to reprogram the firmware of infected hard drives and inject the computers they’re built into with highly effective and evasive malware, adept at gathering information and avoiding detection.

Attributed to hackers dubbed “The Equation Group” by Kaspersky, the threat “surpasses anything known in terms of complexity and sophistication of techniques,” and has been active in major hard drives manufactured by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and others in more than 30 countries over the last 20 years.

The suite of surveillance platforms has been behind more than 500 attacks against military and government institutions, banks, telecommunications companies, energy companies, Islamic activists and media in Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen, Algeria and others.

According to Kaspersky, the number of attacks is likely much higher — possibly in the tens of thousands — but self-destruct mechanisms embedded in the infections makes the true number virtually uncountable.

While the firm did not mention the NSA by name in its report, Equation Group was linked to the Stuxnet virus deployed by the signals intelligence agency between 2007 and 2008 to sabotage Iranian uranium enrichment centrifuges, which successfully destroyed about one-fifth of the country’s nuclear enrichment infrastructure.

Spokespersons for both Western Digital and Seagate deny sharing their hard drives’ source code with the government. However, a former NSA analyst confirmed to Reuters that the NSA has ways of obtaining the source code for hard drives from companies, including “posing as a software developer” or requesting a security audit for a proposed purchase.

“They don’t admit it, but they do say, ‘We’re going to do an evaluation, we need the source code,’” former NSA analyst Vincent Liu said in the report.

“It’s usually the NSA doing the evaluation, and it’s a pretty small leap to say they’re going to keep that source code.”

Kaspersky’s report also details the existence of an Equation Group tool known as the “Fanny” worm, which is used to surveil computer networks not connected to the Internet. The worm is installed in secret compartments on intercepted USB sticks or CD-ROMS, and infects such “air-gapped” networks when inserted into a computer on that network. The worm then transmits the information it gleaned back to Equation after it’s plugged into an Internet-connected computer again.

Vulnerabilities uncovered by Fanny were later found to have been exploited by Stuxnet.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/02/17/spyware-linked-to-nsa-discovered-in-hard-drives-across-the-world/#ixzz49KD0hEbG

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10 Responses to "Spyware Linked To NSA Discovered In Hard Drives Across The World"

  1. A Clock Of Thirteen  June 13, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Excellent article, Mr.Greenhalgh.

    It’s also a timely article, as this subject has also been a big blip on my own radar now for several months. The problem is indeed as bad as you state… It’s possiby even worse.

    Couple all this state-sponsored malware with the recent deluge of ransomware attacks, and marked increases in other unusually sophisticated [and very damaging] cyber-threats, and it becomes clear that there is a coordinated effort afoot to create chaos in the silicon world.(Such subversive efforts are obviously ALSO being stepped up on more conventional fronts, as well: Ukraine, Syria, Brazil, Venezuela, Macedonia, to name just a few. (Oops.. can’t leave out Orlando!)

    No doubt the Unit 8200 Reprobate Army is very busy these days. And their Western Zio-Media crime syndicate buddies always blame it all on Russia, China, or Korea… ***as expected***

    Here’s a tip for anyone out there reading this that suspects they have been targeted by this state-sponsored garbage: There are a few tools available that WILL actually detect some of it (NOTHING will likely detect their most current stuff; also the so-called “antivirus” vendors all white-list it, anyhow, per Cabal orders.) Google “APT Scanner” — it should lead you to a few options. (APT is short for “Advanced Persistent Threat”). You might be surprised what you find with these tools… Don’t be; it’s not that uncommon.

  2. X  May 23, 2016 at 6:59 am

    cyber-attacks are they way they cause martial law in nations. one stroke in the keyboard…and no electricity, no water, no food, and the american dream becomes a nightmare. In face we have no idea how many viruses are in america’s computers, databases, electricity supply and army equipment. But once they activate…it’s the end of the american dream, and the descent into the american nightmare.

    • BlackHeart  May 23, 2016 at 11:01 am

      You’re closer to the truth than you can imagine: part of a suicide note left by a FED that committed suicide.. see note to Preston below.

      “When the inevitable collapse begins to take place, electric power to the entire country will be shut off, as will all forms of communication. All banks will be immediately closed; no one will be able to get any money because all ATM’s will be offline. Credit, Debit and EBT cards will not function. Anyone without cash will have no way to get any. The Emergency Alert System will be used to takeover all broadcast stations and tell the public this is a result of a cyber attack.

  3. Psychopath  May 23, 2016 at 1:01 am

    From what I have seen Nuclear Power Stations use much older equipment like out of the 70’s. Micro controllers running assembly language. Rest assured nobody uses Windows to run a nuke power station lets put it that way.

  4. Preston James, Ph.D  May 23, 2016 at 12:11 am

    This article is pure excellence. Many thanks for this kind of important information.

  5. Bartered  May 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I had an option to replace a bad laptop harddrive with an SSD equivilant. The original replacement was cheaper and worked with the older system without reintegrating windows 10 or downloading firmware. Since its a windows operating system made to be hacked to allow new drivers for replacement equipment it makes sense that trojans were invading the systems when they went mainstream in 1986.

  6. Lasse Karagiannis  May 22, 2016 at 12:17 am

    I will definitively drop my Western made computer for a Russian made.Don’t care if it would be slower.
    Go Russia!

  7. Worker Bee  May 21, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    When can we start to buy Russian made computers, tablets, and smart phones?

  8. BlackHeart  May 21, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    When it comes to all the surveillance and control technology initiatives being pushed and implemented in the US and EU, ALL ROADS LEAD TO ISRAEL! Literally! When are people going to finally wake up?!?!

    • Spirited  May 22, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Blackheart, you are right. People are waking up but not through the MSM news.

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