An anonymous reader writes: U.S. intelligence services carried out 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011 according to a classified intelligence budget provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Additionally, under an extensive effort code-named GENIE, U.S. computer specialists break into foreign networks so that they can be put under surreptitious U.S. control. Budget documents say the $652 million project has placed “covert implants,” sophisticated malware in computers, routers and firewalls on tens of thousands of machines every year, with plans to expand those numbers into the millions. The "implants" are intended to persist through software and equipment upgrades, to copy stored data, “harvest” communications and tunnel into other connected networks.
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