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NSA 'hijacked' Criminal Botnets To Install Spyware

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March 12, 2014 AT 12:48 PM
While U.S. law enforcement agencies have long tried to stamp out networks of compromised computers used by cyber criminals, the National Security Agency has been hijacking the so-called botnets as a resource for spying. The NSA has "co-opted" more than 140,000 computers since August 2007 for the purpose of injecting them with spying software, according to a slide leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and published by The Intercept news website on Wednesday. Botnets are typically used by criminals to steal financial information from infected machines