Edward Snowden revealed to the German public broadcaster ARD TV that the NSA is involved in industrial espionage against foreign governments and businesses.
The former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency is responsible of industrial espionage, for year governments are blaming China for cyber espionage and now the popular whistleblower presented an uncomfortable truth to the German television network. Snowden during an interview on the public broadcaster ARD TV revealed the NSA was involved in cyber espionage activities against foreign governments and private companies like the German Siemens. The news is not sensational, in many cases the issued documents have reported the activities of the NSA to spy on foreign politic representatives and media, clamorous are the spy stories on the Chancellor Angela Merkel. Last week the US President, Barack Obama, commented for Germany’s ZDF TV the case, sustaining that espionage of Mrs Merkel’s mobile phone had been a clamorous mistake and would not happen again.
“If there’s information at Siemens that’s beneficial to US national interests – even if it doesn’t have anything to do with national security – then they’ll take that information nevertheless,” said Snowden.
The diffusion of the NSA catalog on tools and exploits used by NSA presaged the possible use of technology, not only for defensive purposes, but also for espionage to steal information such as trade secrets and intellectual property. Snowden remarked that he has no more control on the diffusion of leaked documents from NSA, everything is now managed by a restricted number of trusted journalists. The former intelligence contractor also said that he fears for his life, he is sure that US Intelligence wants to kill him.
“There are significant threats but I sleep very well,” “These people, and they are government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me when I come out of the supermarket and then watch me die in the shower,” Snowden reported referring to a report on a US website.
According Snowden, the NSA is engaged in industrial espionage, it infected computers all over the world after penetrating computer networks with its technology, even if they were disconnected from the internet, the technology used covert channel of radio waves transmitted from tiny circuit boards and USB cards, as explained in the NSA catalog. The cyber espionage programme has a code name, it is Quantum, it included within the target of espionage, foreign businesses, units of the Chinese military and foreign intelligence officials. The unique certainty is that Snowden has changed the perception of Intelligence, demonstrating how governments abuse of the technology to collect any kind of information on everything … we are all moving targets.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.