ShortBytes: In a recent find out, it has been revealed how NSA implants trojan firmware in the networking devices being delivered to the targeted customers. You can also read an interesting description from an NSA manager about how it works.
NSA’s TAO implants firmware onto them before being delivered for surveillance and covert operations.
These Trojan horse firmware were described by an NSA manager as being “some of the most productive operations in TAO because they pre-position access points into hard target networks around the world.”
In the picture, you can clearly see NSA employees opening the shipping box for a Cisco router and installing beacon firmware with a “load station” designed specifically for the task.
The NSA manager describes this process as follows:
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