The National Security Agency can spy on computers even when they are not connected to the Internet, according to newly leaked information reported by the New York Times.
The NSA has put software on nearly 100,000 computers that allows it to gain access, according to the report. The software enables surveillance and cyberattacks.
Even un-networked computers are accessible, wrote the Times’ David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker.
“The technology, which the agency has used since at least 2008, relies on a covert channel of radio waves that can be transmitted from tiny circuit boards and USB cards inserted surreptitiously into the computers,” they wrote. “In some cases, they are sent to a briefcase-size relay station that intelligence agencies can set up miles away from the target.”
The NSA has apparently used the technology only outside of the United States, with China’s army being a frequent target, the Times reported.