NSA’s ‘Quantum’ program reportedly lets the agency access 100,000 offline computers

Three days before President Barack Obama will allegedly announce major changes to the NSA’s surveillance programs, The New York Times has a story addressing one particularly controversial practice: intercepting laptops purchased online to insert bugs that can phone home — or even give remote access — to the US government. According to the Times, not only does that practice take place, but the bugs are now installed in nearly 100,000 computers around the world as part of a program code-named Quantum. However, the publication’s government sources say they aren’t being used inside the United States, but rather to spy on allleged Chinese and Russian military hacker groups, Mexican drug cartels, European “trade institutions,” and…

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