The NSA revelations keep on coming, have you heard of TAO? Of course you haven’t.
The NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division, is basically the best hackers they have to offer. The Snowden documents revealed, TAO has a catalog of all the commercial equipment that carries NSA backdoors. We are talking well known companies.
TAO uses software hacking in things like Windows bug reports to get the information and device control they need. TAO specialists developed a monitor cable that allows “TAO personnel to see what is displayed on the targeted monitor.” Or what about converted flash drives that plant bugs and can also transmit and receive data with hidden radio signals.
Storage products from Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor and Samsung have backdoors in their firmware, firewalls from Juniper Networks have been compromised, plus networking equipment from Cisco and Huawei, and even unspecified products from Dell. TAO actually intercepts online orders of these and other electronics to bug them.
The documents do not provide any evidence that the manufacturers mentioned had any idea about this NSA activity.