NSA Uses Windows Error Messages To Spy On People
- Thx Snowden for this bit of trivia.
Usually an annoying popup brushed aside with a click, error messages on Microsoft's Windows operating system may also serve as a way for the National Security Agency to spy on you.
When a Windows program seizes up, someone using a PC can choose to send an error report to Microsoft for review. But Windows owners may inadvertently be sending those error reports to the NSA too, according to a report on Sunday by German magazine Der Spiegel detailing the work of the Tailored Access Operations division of the NSA, which is considered the agency's top hacking unit. The revelations come from the latest document leaks of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.