Update: Now we have photos of the so-called "upgrade" factory where the NSA installed Trojan horse viruses into routers. See the Next Page.
The NSA has once again been caught with its hand in the cookie jar. For the past few years, the U.S. government has been warning U.S. businesses about the dangers of Chinese-made routers.
The government claimed that Chinese manufacturers were installing backdoors in the routers to allow the Chinese government access to networks inside the U.S. Leaked documents now show that the NSA has been doing the same thing since at least 2010.
Instead of getting manufacturers to put in the backdoors, however, the NSA has been doing things a little differently.
"A June 2010 report from the head of the NSA's Access and Target Development department is shockingly explicit. The NSA routinely receives – or intercepts – routers, servers and other computer network devices being exported from the US before they are delivered to the international customers.
The agency then implants backdoor surveillance tools, repackages the devices with a factory seal and sends them on. The NSA thus gains access to entire networks and all their users."
While the document indicates the NSA is mostly targeting non-U.S. routers, we know that routers in the U.S. have backdoors and flaws in them as well. Click here to read about the huge router backdoor that made news just last month.
This photo from Ars Technica shows an NSA Tailored Access Operations (TAO) team hijacking routers and installing NSA software.