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Report: NSA-planted malware spans five continents, 50,000 computer networks

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Report: NSA-planted malware spans five continents, 50,000 computer networks

If all of the known National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance wasn't enough, the organization infected 50,000 computer networks with malware that could "steal sensitive information," according to new slides published by the Dutch paper, NRC.

The information published this weekend is another revelation courtesy of leaker Edward Snowden. The 50,000-figure comes from a 2012 presentation slide explaining how the NSA acquired information worldwide. It described an initiative called "Computer Network Exploitation" (CNE), which NRC reports as "the secret infiltration of computer systems achieved by installing malware." The slide shows CNE's reach spans five continents worldwide.

 

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