The US government has been accused of embedding spyware directly onto hard drives using secret manufacturer information, according to a report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stating that Russian security software manufacturer Kaspersky Lab made the claims, and stem from its efforts to find and eliminate malicious software. Kaspersky says officials appear to have only used the spyware to target specific, foreign-based individuals.
Kaspersky says that the spyware is part of an operation controlled by the National Security Agency (NSA), under the name Equation Group. It claims the NSA figured out how to put spying software in the firmware of hard drives made by the likes of Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital.
The full report may be found at http://goo.gl/xVMeS7.