New leaks reveal broad scope of US cyber offensive

Yesterday, The Washington Post revealed that US spy agencies proposed a $52 billion “black budget” for 2013. What would they do with all that cash? Among other things, they could spend $1 billion on cyberwarfare, with two-thirds of that funding hundreds of digital preemptive strikes to turn foreign networks into the computer equivalent of sleeper agents for the US. That’s precisely what happened in 2011, according to The Washington Post‘s latest scoop, when US intelligence agencies carried out 231 offensive cyber-ops, using a program called GENIE to place “covert implants” into what the publication characterizes as “tens of thousands of machines every year.”

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According to the Post, nearly 75 percent of the operations carried out under…

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