Photo Gallery: How the Intelligence Service Cracks Internet Hubs 12/30/2013
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 NSA malware VALIDATOR: This 2004 document describes a version, commonly used...
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NSA malware VALIDATOR: This 2004 document describes a version, commonly used at the time, of the standard back door access that the NSA installs on targeted individuals’ computers using the method described. "VALIDATOR,” the document states, "provides unique backdoor access to personal computers of targets of national interest, including but not limited to terrorist targets.” VALIDATOR is only the NSA’s first step in taking control of a computer. The software then installs other spyware programs with various capabilities and names such as OLYMPUS and UNITEDRAKE. Once it has carried out its task, the VALIDATOR implant can even erase itself. According to an internal presentation, VALIDATOR will be followed by software with the code name COMMONDEER.

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