NSA Hacks Corporate Servers To Map Internet

The National Security Agency (NSA) is hacking into corporate servers and attacking global ISPs as part of its effort to map of the entire Internet according to a report Sunday in Der Spiegel, a German daily, citing new documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The spy agency is also placing under surveillance the CEOs and other employees at telecom companies it considers vital to the infrastructure of the Internet, the documents reportedly reveal.

According to the paper, the map has close to real-time tracking abilities, allowing intelligence agencies belonging to the so-called EUFive Eyes," the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, unprecedented access to devices that consumers take with them every day.

NSA's Treasure Map Includes You

The mapping project, called EUTreasure MapEU by the NSA, was first reported on by The New York Times in November. Although the paper reported at the time that the operation was part of the agencyEUs efforts to be able to surveil EUanyone, anytime, anywhere,EU the NSA told the NYT that Treasure Map was only used to map foreign and U.S. Department of Defense networks in an effort to better understand computer networks.

The documents cited by Der Spiegel, however, paint a much different picture. According to a presentation to analysts included in the leaked documents, intelligence operatives are instructed to EUmap the entire Internet -- any device, anywhere, all the time."

The initiative is also far from passive in nature. On the contrary, the documents explicitly state that Treasure Map is designed to prepare for "Computer Attack/Exploit Planning,EU in the agencyEUs words. The documents also detail which networks the NSA has already managed to attack, including Deutsche Telekom, which has more than 60 million customers, including in the U.S. and the U.K. Revelations of the attack on Deutsche Telekom could spur...

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