The Times cited NSA documents, computer experts and U.S. officials in its report about the use of secret technology using radio waves to gain access to computers that other countries have tried to protect from spying or cyberattacks. The software network could also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks, the Times reported.
The Times reported that the technology, used by the agency for several years, relies on radio waves that can be transmitted from tiny circuit boards and USB cards inserted covertly into the computers. The NSA calls the effort an "active defense" and has used the technology to monitor units of
Among the most frequent targets of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, the Times reported, has been
The NSA says the technology has not been used in computers in the U.S.
"NSA's activities are focused and specifically deployed against — and only against — valid foreign intelligence targets in response to intelligence requirements,"
Parts of the program have been disclosed in documents leaked by
The Times said that it withheld some of those details, at the request of U.S. intelligence officials, when it reported in summer 2012 on American cyberattacks on
Hong called on the U.S. to "work with the international community to create international regulations and build a peaceful, safe, open and cooperative cyberspace."
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