- 2013 – November – Week 4
NSA ‘infected’ 50,000 networks with malware
The US National Security Agency (NSA) infected 50,000 networks with malware, Dutch newspaper NRC has reported.¬†The Tailored Access Operations department used it to steal sensitive information, according to a censored slide leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
NRC said 20,000 networks had been hit in 2008, with the program recently expanded to include others in Rome, Berlin, Pristina, Kinshasa, Rangoon.¬†The NSA declined to comment.¬†The malware could be put in a “sleeper” mode and activated with a click of a button, the paper said.
Bitcoin rises above $1,000
The virtual currency bitcoin Wednesday broke above $1,000 per unit, quintupling in a month, according to Mt. Gox, which manages trading in bitcoin.
Launched in 2009 as the invention of a mysterious computer guru who goes by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoins can be exchanged online for real money or used to buy goods and services on the Internet. The currency is not regulated by any government.
Bitcoin reached $1,073 at 1640 GMT. At 1746 GMT, the currency was trading at $1,055, according to Mt. Gox.
The currency traded at just $205 on October 28 and is known for its volatility.