AURORAGOLD: NSA’s Weapon To Penetrate Network Infrastructure
After Edward Snowden revelation, World is hearing about an array of programs that are run by NSA to track world users, destroying the privacy in lie of capturing information about the terrorists. The newest entry in the puzzle is AURORAGOLD, a powerful surveillance program that has already penetrated around 70 % of the worldwide mobile networks.
The project AURORAGOLD governs around the fact that cell phone technology has flaws and they exploit it accordingly to capture mobile traffic around the world. According to the documents released by Edward Snowden, the team at NSA steals or intercepts confidential emails exchanged between the world's major cell phone network. The emails are targeted to provide information for exchanging calls and data between the different networks.
The interception of email brings out information that is used by the NSA to find flaws/backdoors on the network and then create a loophole that can be accessed anytime in the future or when needed by the government or the spying organization. The reason why most of the cellular companies are concerned is the fact that user privacy is completely trashed and they have no control over the situation.
NSA refers to it as the IR.21 document that has crucial information such as how networks will connect and how the users are going to connect to different networks while roaming. The document also explains every technical detail, including the encryption used to exchange messages. This leads the NSA to crack the encryption or find a loophole so that they can exploit it later.
Not only simple users, but big tech giants are affected by this notorious activity of NSA under the USA government. USA own agencies are pushing forward by this activity of NSA. For example, the GSM Association is the new target of the NSA, as they carry communication between all the major tech giants including Facebook, Sony, Samsung and more. The total numbers of companies that are affected by the project are around 800 and they span over 200 countries. The statistics are really ugly and the world should stay up against the NSA.
Another famous company known as NIST is suffering from the NSA project AURORAGOLD and at times are worried about the state of cyber security. NIST, recently provided GSM Association around $80000 to address concerns about the cyber security. The transaction occurred in September, last year and has already been hacked by NSA. NIST wanted to secure all mobile communication, but the NSA is keeping them more at work.
To signify the impact NSA have made upon NIST, NIST's senior executive, Jeremy Grant, said, "At a time when concerns about data breaches and identity theft are growing, these new NSTIC pilots can play an important role in fostering a marketplace of online identity solutions."
AURORAGOLD is making new endorses into the world network and another document reveals the condition of cellular networks around the world. Currently, 701 of the 985 in the world has been hampered/hacked by the AURORAGOLD and can become a lot of nuisance for the world's privacy.Other spying agencies across the world are also taking part in the exercise and can release their own surveillance program to infect hundreds and thousands of cellular networks around the world.