Earlier this week it was revealed (through documents from Edward Snowden's cache of NSA internal documents) that the National Security Agency planned to infect millions of computer systems using sophisticated malware. This would allow it to pose as Facebook and other sites in order to intercept data. Today the agency is denying the information in those documents. The agency said today that it does not pose as any U.S. companies and that "what it does is legal."
"NSA uses its technical capabilities only to support lawful and appropriate foreign intelligence operations, all of which must be carried out in strict accordance with its authorities," says the document, which was published Thursday on the NSA’s Twitter account. "Technical capability must be understood within the legal, policy, and operational context within which the capability must be employed. NSA's authorities require that its foreign intelligence operations support valid national security requirements, protect the legitimate privacy interests of all persons, and be as tailored as feasible. NSA does not use its technical capabilities to impersonate U.S. company websites. Nor does NSA target any user of global Internet services without appropriate legal authority. Reports of indiscriminate computer exploitation operations are simply false."
This new statement from the NSA does nothing to satisfy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who wrote the following on his blog today:
"When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government," he wrote. "The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they're doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst."
"I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future," he continued. "Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform."
Source: Ars Technica