Kaspersky Lab researchers have found something that would probably strike a nerve with almost anyone who has a computer – or more importantly – anyone who has an external hard drive. Researchers with the security firm found that some of the most popular hard drives in the industry were compromised and housing spy software that was embedded deep within the drive itself. Something that government officials have been pushing to keep quiet. Kaspersky has found that 30 personal computers in at least 30 different countries were holding this spy software within it for the NSA. Even more concerning is the fact that these systems and hard drives were out in the public and didn’t have any direct ties to government officials.
The NSA came under intense scrutiny, along with the entire United States government in the last two years as repeated efforts of tapping foreign official’s phones, as well as generally getting into things that they really should not be doing with their allies. That being said, now though, it is been uncovered that the NSA has been hiding spyware on Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, and several other top manufacturers of hard drives. Ultimately, the software would allow the NSA to spy as well as view information on a computer – even personal computers that are used for nothing more than browsing the web. Now, while this does not mean that every single computer on Earth has NSA software embedded on it – there certainly is a case to be made for people who feel as though they’ve been lied to by the federal government yet again.
The United States was one of the least impacted countries by the software. Meanwhile, some of the worst-hit countries included India, China, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, and Mali. Those nations with the highest infection rates – are not all that surprising – but at the same time raise some serious fundamental questions. Additionally, it raises questions about what the United States and the NSA are doing with that information – or what they are not doing with it. One former member of CIA spoke about the matter and pointed to the validity of the information and conclusions that the researchers came to, noting that the information obtained was useful and important to the CIA.