TODAY   |  January 15, 2014

NSA can track computers, even offline

The New York Times reports that the NSA has placed software on nearly 100,000 computers worldwide that allows them to conduct surveillance on those machines. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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>> morning that the nsa has placed software on nearly 100,000 computers worldwide so it can snoop when the machines are not linked to the internet. good morning.

>> good morning, natalie, u.s. military and intelligence officials are not commenting on this story which first appeared in today's "new york times." it's well understood that the u.s. is constantly launching cyber attacks against friends and foes alike worldwide. in this case, it's revealed that tiny transmitters have been implanted in the computer systems of over 100,000 computer systems worldwide. and the way they work, many of these transmitters are implanted in the computers at manufacturing. but they can also be implanted in the plug-ins for the usb cords, the same kind of usb cords that many of you use every day. now, according to u.s. military officials, these attacks have occurred not only against the chinese military but some friends including european trading partners and saudi arabia . but the fact these tiny transmitters can be planted in these plugs indicates there's going to be a rush to go out and replace many of these usb cords on computer systems worldwide today, natalie.

>> i can only imagine. thank