But the Edward Snowden slides and story published yesterday at The Intercept convey a wealth of new detailed information about the NSA’s technology and its limitations.
First, it’s clear that the NSA has settled on a system called QUANTUM
as its preferred, if not near-universal, internet exploitation
mechanism. QUANTUM is vastly more effective than just sending spam. But
since its launch at NSA, the program has clearly suffered from both
mission creep and target creep.
If NSA only used QUANTUM to attack wannabee terrorists attempting to
read Inspire, hardly anyone would object. But instead the agency
expanded it greatly, not only in target scope (including its confirmed
use against Belgacom) but also in functionality.
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