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NSA ‘hijacked’ criminal botnets to install spyware

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March 12, 2014
Cybersecurity
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“While U.S. law enforcement agencies have long tried to stamp out networks of compromised computers used by cyber criminals, the National Security Agency has been hijacking the so-called botnets as a resource for spying.

The NSA has ‘co-opted’ more than 140,000 computers since August 2007 for the purpose of injecting them with spying software, according to a slide leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and published by The Intercept news website on Wednesday. “

Source: NSA ‘hijacked’ criminal botnets to install spyware | Reuters