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On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Timesreported that the National Security Agency has placed malware on nearly 100,000 computers around the world for offensive and defensive purposes.Based on information found in NSA documents and gathered from “computer experts and American officials,” the Times confirmed information that came to light towards the end of December regarding several of the technologies that were available to the NSA as of 2008. The NSA’s arsenal, the Times wrote, includes technology that, “relies on a covert channel of radio waves that can be transmitted from tiny circuit boards and USB cards inserted surreptitiously into the computers. In some cases, they are sent to a briefcase-size relay station that intelligence agencies can set up miles away from the target.”

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