It turns out, according to the latest revelations from the Edward Snowden documents, that the NSA has infected more than 50,000 networks worldwide with malicious computer software that turns those computers effectively into ‘sleeper cells‘ that can be exploited by the NSA when it wants.
The malware can be controlled remotely and be turned on and off at will. The ‘implants’ act as digital ‘sleeper cells’ that can be activated with a single push of a button. According to the Washington Post, the NSA has been carrying out this type of cyber operation since 1998.
The NSA declined to comment and referred to the US Government. A government spokesperson states that any disclosure of classified material is harmful to our national security.
The US government has come down extremely harshly on hackers as can be seen by what they did to people like Aaron Swartz and Anonymous. It is clear that this is because they do not want any rivals to their own hacking. They realize that hackers are the real threat to their desire of global dominance of information networks because they have the skills to find out and expose their wrongdoing.