NSA documents reveal agency plans to use ‘fake Facebook server’ in efforts to load malware onto computers systems
The new website from First Look Media, The Intercept, is reporting that documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is showing efforts by the National Security Agency to infect computers with malware in order to gain information.
In the article written Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald, the authors say the NSA is even using a “fake Facebook server” in its hacking scheme.
“In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive,” Gallagher and Greenwald write. “In others, it has sent out spam emails laced with the malware, which can be tailored to covertly record audio from a computer’s microphone and take snapshots with its webcam. The hacking systems have also enabled the NSA to launch cyberattacks by corrupting and disrupting file downloads or denying access to websites.”
The information was derived from a presentation conducted in August of 2009.
The Intercept is the first of several digital magazines to be launched by the new journalism organization. On Monday of this week, the new company founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, announced that it had brought on John Cook to be the editor-in-chief of The Intercept. Cook comes over from Gawker, and will work with founders Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill on the site.
“The opportunity to work with a daring team of reporters who are driving the national dialogue is both rare and extremely appealing,” Cook said in the blog post announcing the move. “Glenn, Laura and Jeremy are peerless and ambitious journalists, and they’ve begun to assemble a fantastic team. I am thrilled to be able to help them build a truly great outlet for the sort of aggressive, muckraking reporting that they embody.”
In mid-February. First Look Media announced that Matt Taibbi would be leaving Rolling Stone to launch the new media organization’s second magazine. Taibbi has since said that the new website will continue his reporting on Wall Street and corporate malfeasance.