Saturday, January 4, 2014

NSA Technology

In 4 weeks I received from five to seven emails (don't remember exactly the number) asking my opinion about NSA Leaks. It's "hard" to talk about the spying situation happening around us, so I wont express my personal opinion on it, but I am going to share some simple questions that come in my mind while thinking to it.

According to many sources (just a couple of them, here and here) NSA developed an arsenal of super secret electronic weapons able to spy computers, networks, routers, firewalls and so on.. But if you are an avid reader you'll probably notice that all those weapons are almast 10 years old. Le's, for instance, focus on the PICASSO GSM HANDSET. The following image is taken directly from the leaked PICASSO GSM HANDSET documents.
Those mobile phone used to describe the project are 2 generations old. They've been maned  beginning of 2000.  Why NSA want to use old mobile phone to describe a super advanced technology ? Maybe because the described technology has been developed almost 10 years ago..?

Again, let's focus on NIGHTSTAND Wireless Exploitation project. The following image is taken directly from the leaked NIGHTSTAND Wireless Exploitation. The PC you are seeing in the black box belongs to a "previous netbook PC era". The monitor size reminds pretty old technology (today modern PCs do not have anymore square 1:1 monitor). Nowadays they will probably use a tablet or, even better, a smartphone.

Again, let's focus on what is written in the following leaked document:
VALIDATOR is a small Trojan implant used as a back door agains a variety of targeted Windows box from Windows 98 through Windows Server 2003.
The following image shows the leaked VALIDATOR description:
 The question rising in my mind is pretty straight forward:

"If 10 years ago NSA owned such a technology, what could own right now ?"

Now, let's assume the NSA is one of the most powerful organization on SIGINT and/or one of the biggest organization in the world owning advanced technology. NSA is a secret agency. A secret agency is great in its job if it "remains secret". We know that almost every nation/state on the earth owns a secret agency. We also know that such a kind of technology is a reality (we do have proves, right ?).

"How can we assert that NSA is the best security agency in the world ?"
"Does that leaks come from NSA because it is not the best secret agency in the world ?"
If so, are there any other big secret agencies in the world even more powerful than NSA ? If so, what about the technology owned from the biggest and best secret agency in the workd ?

Those questions did not express any personal opinion, they are just doubts and questions still opened in my mind. If somebody of you has some kind of answers and/or wants to share their own thoughs, he is wery welcome (please add comments and not emails).

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