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hi, im researching an urban myth concerning the NSA and the advent of spyware. For a long time there were rumors on the net, which at the time seemed to be mere conspiracy theories, that all the cheap spyware on the market (like eblaster, spy agent, spector pro) were actually developed in secret NSA labs a decade prior. Now such rumors seem more likely true than not. Can any of you tell me or point me to an article or source of information that might have explored this possibility? thank you.
i have not, but this may not be a question that is answerable, due to the nature of the information, since its likely in government hands alone.
thats okm its unanswerable. thanks anyway.
woa, thats good stuff....I am referring to rootkit type spyware, like blaster, or web watcher. the high end stuff that can see everything inthe computer, and take screenshot and send them to an account outside the computer. This question is part of a theory ive been exploring, that the NSA invented it in the labs in the 80s, after a precedent setting case (Turk v US government) basically gave them a green light to intercept our every electronic communication free of concern that they were triggering the wiretap act of 1968 . Although there wasnt much electronic communications in the 70s, they could see the coming internet age. Their hands were tied as to phone tapping, but they had free access to tap the internet lines for decades --so they had an incentive to develop the high end of spyware, such as keyloggers like Webwatcher (which brags it was designed by an ex NSA programmer). These programs were head and shoulders above the normal spyware.So my theory was that the NSA wanted and encouraged the spread ofthis industrial strnght spyware amongst the masses, so that they would essentially have thousands of "field agents" who would surely turn in any intercepted communications on people they were spying upon. And since the NSA would be getting such information second hand, it would not trigger constitutional protections. Kind of a workaround the constitution. Does that stand up to logic, and what ya know of the origins of spyware? .
awesome information...thank you very much!!!