Via The Brief:

Among the many other things tech companies are giving the NSA are zero day exploits (known vulnerabilities that haven’t been patched yet), allowing the U.S. to use them as an early warning system for potential attacks and to “exploit vulnerabilities in software sold to foreign governments,” according to a report from Bloomberg. In simple terms, before they fix them, companies like Microsoft are telling the NSA about vulnerabilities they could use against foreign governments. Intelligence agencies in the U.S. have undoubtedly been collecting software exploits for this purpose for a while, but getting them directly from the companies that make the software is nuts, and yet more evidence of where tech companies’ priorities are.

AuthorA.J. Ross