Leaked files outline NSA-sponsored hacker training, use of vulnerability within Safari web browser to gain access to devices
Date: Monday, January 19th, 2015, 12:30
Category: Hacks, iOS, News, security, Software
It’s interesting what the intelligence community gets up to in its day to day work.
According to Spiegel Online International, the Politerain hiring process posted ads for candidates who wanted “to break things.”
Politerain is not a project associated with a conventional company. It is run by a US government intelligence organization, the National Security Agency (NSA). More precisely, it’s operated by the NSA’s digital snipers with Tailored Access Operations (TAO), the department responsible for breaking into computers.
Potential interns are also told that research into third party computers might include plans to “remotely degrade or destroy opponent computers, routers, servers and network enabled devices by attacking the hardware.” Using a program called Passionatepolka, for example, they may be asked to “remotely brick network cards.” With programs like Berserkr they would implant “persistent backdoors” and “parasitic drivers”. Using another piece of software called Barnfire, they would “erase the BIOS on a brand of servers that act as a backbone to many rival governments.”