Remember that outrageous NSA tactic we learned about from Edward Snowden? The NSA had been intercepting shipments of routers to install hidden spy software on them. You can see my original article and a photo of the NSA in the act here.
Now one router manufacturer is resorting to creative but desperate measures to thwart the NSA. Cisco, the networking giant, is resorting to shipping its products to fake identities "in the hope that the NSA's interceptions are targeted."
John Stewart, security chief for Cisco, says that some customers are so careful about their privacy that they drive up to the distribution center to get their product before the NSA can tamper with it.
"We ship [boxes] to an address that's has nothing to do with the customer, and then you have no idea who ultimately it is going to," Stewart says.
"When customers are truly worried ... it causes other issues to make [interception] more difficult in that [agencies] don't quite know where that router is going so it's very hard to target - you'd have to target all of them. There is always going to be inherent risk."
Cisco has reportedly investigated its routers for NSA hardware, but admits that it's hard to find because they don't know what they're looking for.