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NSA: "We saved you from a Chinese BIOS virus that would brick all PCs"
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On 60 Minutes they had one NSA boob get up and say they saved us all from a BIOS virus that would have infected every computer everywhere and destroyed it.

Security researchers are calling that a load of crap; not just most journalists who were horrified at how much the NSA was treated with kid gloves by CBS:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nsa-speaks-o...en-spying/


And where is the NSA on finding the people behind CryptoLocker?

http://blogs.computerworld.com/cybercrim...ck-all-pcs

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If you saw the 60-minute infomercial for the NSA, then you “know” the spy agency allegedly stops viruses / malware that could brick PCs and practically destroy the world. So where was it when Cryptolocker ransomware pretty much did exactly that by destroying data via encrypting it until the ransom was paid? Where was this intelligence that stopped disaster for any of the viruses, Trojans, or malware that have trashed computers?

Supposedly, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller asked the “hardest questions we could find,” but the 60 Minutes NSA interview was sickeningly one-sided and is being called a big load of “crap” by security researchers and other critics.

“Full disclosure, I once worked in the office of the director of National Intelligence where I saw firsthand how secretly the NSA operates,” admitted Miller. He added that the NSA would “address serious questions about whether the NSA delves too far into the lives of Americans” during the 60 Minutes interview. Then real journalism died a little bit as Miller calmly accepted Gen. Keith Alexander’s statement that the NSA is “defending our civil liberties and privacy.”

There was the expected character assassination as Miller described Edward Snowden as a “20-something-year-old high school dropout contractor.” The audience was told that Snowden cheated by using his system administrator privileges to steal the questions and answers to an NSA technical entrance exam. The NSA alleged that Snowden could have left behind a time-bomb virus and had to remove every system he touched.


Looks like Snowden climbed back on top of the NSA's damage control team now that a Federal judge has said NSA's telephone "metadata" program, where the entire contents of every USA telephone billing record is stuffed into a giant database, is quite likely to be unconstitutional.
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ArcticSplash;128651 Wrote:Looks like Snowden climbed back on top of the NSA's damage control team now that a Federal judge has said NSA's telephone "metadata" program, where the entire contents of every USA telephone billing record is stuffed into a giant database, is quite likely to be unconstitutional.



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If there was a virus that could do this,it would have been used already and likely on government computers.
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Camper;128665 Wrote:If there was a virus that could do this,it would have been used already and likely on government computers.

Nuh-uh dude, cause they stopped it. Like totally. Tongue
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ArcticSplash;128651 Wrote:Security researchers are calling that a load of crap

Any credible sources to back this up?
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I would have thought that the NSA would have blamed Syrian or N. Korean hackers or even some "domestic" faction. Dodgy
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Next thing you know, they'll be telling us the Chinese went to the moon to bring back some alien SARS virus and we need to be vaccinated for it. Rolleyes
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ArcticSplash;128651 Wrote:On 60 Minutes they had one NSA boob get up and say they saved us all from a BIOS virus that would have infected every computer everywhere and destroyed it.

Security researchers are calling that a load of crap; not just most journalists who were horrified at how much the NSA was treated with kid gloves by CBS:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nsa-speaks-o...en-spying/

This whole incident reminds me of the episode of South Park when Randy (The NSA) got caught watching porn.



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Anyone who believes one iota of anything this .gov or media says needs to get off the train.
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So it looks like the NSA was trying to intercept and scan all the Internet traffic they could coming from Brazil (and going to Brazil) because most of Brazil's telecom connections leading outside the country go to the United States.

The President of Brazil is now mandating her country build new undersea cables to directly connect Brazil to Europe and the rest of Latin America without subscriber traffic having to be carried across "compromised" US telecom companies.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_...ml?hpid=z1

Quote:Rousseff recently joined Germany in pushing for the United Nations to adopt a symbolic resolution which seeks to extend personal privacy rights to all people.

The Brazilian leader has also ordered her government to take several measures, including laying fiber optic lines directly to Europe and South American nations, to “divorce” Brazil from the U.S.-centric backbone of the Internet that experts say has facilitated NSA spying.

The Snowden letter was first published Tuesday in a Portuguese translation by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper. The AP obtained the original English version, which was then later widely made available online.

It comes one day after a U.S. district judge ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. The case is likely to go to the Supreme Court for a final decision.

“Six months ago, I revealed that the NSA wanted to listen to the whole world,” Snowden wrote. “Now, the whole world is listening back, and speaking out, too. ... The culture of indiscriminate worldwide surveillance, exposed to public debates and real investigations on every continent, is collapsing.”
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