On a article appeared on Security Affairs, is reported the analysis of NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers, confirming the risks of efficient cyber espionage by at least two countries other than China.
This fact, joined to the continuation of massive data gathering activity on US citizens (even if data harvesting rules have been changed after the datagate) has an incredible side effect: in fact, not only the US government has spied or continue to spy on his citizens but what’s worst is that they can’t provide an effective protection to this data.
It’s a technology fact: virtual peripherals controls hardware peripherals in the virtual domain size.
Once a system is connected to the Internet, the virtual domain assumes the dimensions of the Internet: worldwide.
Your screen, your webcam, your microphone, your input methods, your disks… practically each part of your computer/smartphone/device is controllable by the Internet.
Sometimes these features are enabled by the owner, other times by pirates attacking the system of the victim with a malware and least but not last, standing to Snowden revelations, even Governmental interception systems has the capability of activate a data stream from you computer.
Remote Control System (RCS) is a suite from the Italian company Hacking Team that provides all the functionalities that governmental interception needs. RCS, like softwares as FinFisher, is likely to provide a scalable, os-wide, spyware infrastructure.
Also the commercial of RCS Galileo claims that it is able to do really amazing things. Take a look at the commercial that follows