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Is the government spying on you?

Is the government spying on you?

Is the government spying on you?


It’s time to check your kids’ new video consoles and all the other electronics you bought friends and family for the holidays.  Sources at the German Der Spiegel revealed this morning that the National Security Agency’s Tailored Access Operations division has electronic “backdoors” to monitor activates anywhere you can find modern electronic equipment.

Der Spiegel reports that documents from Edward Snowden reveal that the TAO can easily hack into almost anything on the market (and in your homes) today.  The division has compiled a complete, itemized list of all commercial electronics that have the above-mentioned NSA “backdoors”.  According to reports, storage products made by such companies as Maxtor, Samsung, Seagate and Western Digital all presently have these backdoors in their merchandise.

Other products on this backdoor list include networking equipment from Cisco and Huawei, Juniper Networks company-proclaimed “best-in-class” firewalls and numerous items manufactured by Dell.  Additionally, the Tailored Access Operations division also employs special computer software to hack into user-sent Windows “bug reports” in order to obtain data to assist them in gaining control of the electronics.

Der Spiegel investigative reporters claim that the Tailored Access Operations division even goes as far as intercepting online orders of various electronic products in order to alter and “bug” them.  They also note, however, that while Dell company spokespeople said the corporation “respects and complies with the laws of all countries in which it operates”, the majority of manufacturer representatives denied any knowledge of any National Security Agency activity.

The NSA also employs a group of specialists known as ANT.  These are computer hackers who modify and construct tools and equipment for TAO operatives to use and/or plant.  Their catalog of “break-in tools” includes items that range in price from free to $250,000.  Examples of items available include: a  $30.00 monitor cable that permits agents “to see what is displayed on the targeted monitor”, a $40,000 cellphone monitoring station or “active GSM base station” and modified flash-drives capable of planting transmission bugs that can send and receive information via undetectable radio signals that cost over a million dollars for a pack of 50.

Is the government spying on you?

Is the government spying on you? Snowden says: “Yes”

Apparently, maintaining national security is not only dirty work but it is sometimes expensive as well.  This reporter cannot help but point out that he knew this was going on years ago.  Further more, your truly would advise everyone to avoid panicking.  After all, do you really think your life is so exciting that the government would even care about what you do in your everyday life?

Is the government spying on you?  Do you really think they need to?

(Images courtesy of  MyFox8 and Newsbreaker)

About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.
  • wigglwagon

    Welcome to the digital world. Only fools believe anything broadcast on the internet or the airwaves can be private.

  • Will Phoenix

    Thanks for your comment wigglwagon! I tend to agree with you. Thanks for reading my stuff!

  • Dmgdriver

    The concept of “do you really think your life is so exciting that the government would even care about what you do in your everyday life” is immaterial. The fourth amendment give us the right to privacy in our own home if the government has no warrant. Now the fact that they can should give everyone pause. I don’t care if the family is sitting around reading a bible, or if it is Chester the Molester walking around naked brewing Meth, with out probable cause, and a writ from the court no one has the right to violate your home. What else amazes me are these morons who put their home on the internet so they can see little Johnny get home, turn on their lights and adjust the thermostat. This way the person who hacked into Target can also watch what ever camera you have in the house and put it up on Youtube

    • Will Phoenix

      OK Dmg, you caught me. Yes, I know about the fourth amendment but I threw in this reporter’s opinion because ONE I think that some of the most vocal people opposed to this have an over-inflated self-importance–you know who I mean probably–and I thought it might garner a few comments. (Yeah, I am guilty but -hey-I am the new guy around here and I want the bosses to know there are people out there who read what I write-lol) Yeah, I love those folks who put it all out on the internet too.and THEY might just have enough money to make it worth hacking into their home security, too. . . except out here in CA where lots of folks overspend to look a part their income cannot support. Thanks for reading my stuff! I mean that and thanks again for commenting!

      • dufas_duck

        The NSA is like a Peeping Tom who was caught peeping through a bedroom window. While denying that he was peeping, he will still be complaining that he has difficulty seeing through drawn curtains and textured glass…

        In reality, the main problem is what this ultimately causes….. Lack of trust.

        People won’t or can’t believe anything anymore. The media hype exaggerates to gain attention and the government denies a situation. Then the media down plays or omits while the government sort of, partially, admits to the same situation.

        It has been said that all the pointers to the 911 terrorist act was there for all to see but were either ignored or the dots weren’t put together. Others believe it was a false flag operation and 911 was done by our own government. We went to war because 14 countries and the UN stated that the country was affiliated with our enemy and had possession of WMDs. It was found that the WMDs were not there [or were moved elsewhere…]. Then, a former cold war enemy tells us to keep an eye on a specific person that has ties with a known enemy. The US does not listen and that person explodes a bomb during a marathon…

        The NSA started by tracking overseas phone calls and communications. Then, a new [world] order comes to power and suddenly, to quote Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us..” Every citizen is a probable, possible enemy of the state. TSA agents strip search little old ladies and children. A secret judge and secret agents work secretly to spy on every person that they can.If the secret government can’t get information on someone, it must be that the person is trying to hide something…

        That chunk of parchment called the Constitution has become akin to a rubber check. To be used or abused as needed to suit a situation.

        Government has become paranoid and mistrustful…citizens have become paranoid and mistrustful… The terrorists have already won the first battle…

        • Will Phoenix

          Thanks for your commentary Dufas. I can see you have either put a lot of thought into this or are a big fan of conspiracy theories and the like. Some of what you have posted–most in fact–is not new to me. I can’t say I disagree with everything you say either. I guess I just figure the silver lining is that most of us have such boring lives that the government won’t be bothering us at any rate. Thanks for reading my stuff!

        • Will Phoenix

          Oh Dufas, I caught your last comment but it might have been pulled because of the link. I don’t know as I am new and that isn’t my department. Please by all means resubmit it without the link. I enjoy reading all the comments from my readers.

          • dufas_duck

            “I enjoy reading all the comments from my readers.”.. I suggest that you’ll soon tire of that when the trolls start making off hand comments or challenging you with spurious comments.

            My reply was building on my contention that the government has destroyed trust. I offered a few examples, one that I personally know about and another that involved myself.

            The first example involved a wrong number given out by a junkie as to where one could purchase drugs. That wrong number episode destroyed an innocent family and the government agency could care less.

            As far as being a conspiracy theorist, I am not. The government and the media in their efforts to to fragrantly spin or obviously lie to the public causes the conspiracies to self propagate. A little honesty can go a long ways.

            The other involved myself. After quitting a company that gathered data on people, government agents raked me over the coals. They acted like I was a Snowden or Manning…. I didn’t live my life in what the agents felt was the ‘normal’ so they figured wrongly that I was trying to hide something.

            While many sites do not allow links because of spam, the not allowing links also cuts off support for any comments one might make.

          • Will Phoenix

            I have to deal with being challenged on Facebook all the time-lol. Here if it happens it will at least show my boss that someone reads what I write! I honestly don’t know why they cut your comment I just guessed.
            I think when you speak from personal experience you should not have to provide links. I understand your being raked over the coals. A friend of mine is married to a gal who works for a major company that has a government contract and something similar happened to her both before AND after the job. Thanks again!