The NSA is using a controversial tactic to target the internet, according to the agency’s top cyber security official.
In a new report, former NSA cyber security officer Jonathan Zdziarski outlined how the agency is using the same kind of techniques that have been used by the FBI and other government agencies to target a range of online services.
The technique, called “optical search,” uses sophisticated algorithms to identify what is on computers or devices, Zdzinarski said.
“It’s something that’s been used in a variety of ways in the past, and it’s been a significant threat to privacy and civil liberties,” he said.
Zdzis is the head of cyber policy at the NSA.
In an interview with Fox News’ “The Five,” Zdziebski detailed how the NSA uses these techniques to monitor websites that they suspect may be hosting malware.
The NSA then monitors the websites in real time, collecting information about the website’s users and what links they clicked.
The agency then uses these insights to build a profile of those websites.
It then uses this information to determine who is using that particular website and what information they are sending to it.
When the agency has information it believes to be relevant, the agency sends a “signature” to the site, Zszczysi said.
That information then is passed to law enforcement.
“What happens is, when law enforcement has the information, they send a request to the website that the information is being sent to, and then they use the information to identify who the site’s users are,” he explained.
“And when law enforcers have identified those users, they then can target that particular user with whatever malware they want to target that user with.”
Zdzereski described this tactic as a “zero-day” attack.
The program, which is called Optic Search, was developed in the early 2000s and has been around for several years, he said, but the technique is so advanced that it is no longer being used in the current context.
In recent years, the NSA has become increasingly concerned about attacks by the Chinese military on computer networks and the use of malware.
Earlier this month, the U.S. government announced plans to ban Chinese software companies from selling malware.
And a new tool called Pwn2Own is designed to allow criminals to gain access to vulnerable computer systems.
The latest reports are a sign that the NSA is taking steps to better protect its own computer systems, which it relies on for information about threats and vulnerabilities.
In the report, Zdsziarski described how the government has used a variety to analyze websites that it believes are using malware to gain information about them.
“The ability to use this information is very limited.
It’s really focused on what we think the threat actors are trying to do and what they want their targets to do,” he noted.
In some cases, the information gathered is used to build profiles of those targeted, and the information can be used to target individuals and groups, such as those that use the Tor network.
Zdsziarsky said the NSA also is using “sophisticated tools” to target specific websites.
“For instance, it’s possible to build an assessment of a particular user based on the data that the individual has provided to the targeted entity,” he wrote.
“If you have a lot of data on a specific user, you can get a lot out of that.”
Zdszykski described one of the techniques the agency uses to track a website’s traffic.
“So the agency might have a profile for a user on one of their [cyber] operations teams, and they might use the analysis to build up a profile based on what information the user is giving to their targets,” he added.
“Then they might then go out and use that information to try to identify those users.”