The US National Security Agency (NSA) spends millions of dollars every year stockpiling zero-day software vulnerabilities so the government can exploit them to conduct surveillance or stealthily hack into computer networks.
Yet despite public perception, especially in light of the Edward Snowden disclosures, the investment into his legally murky world may not yield as many computer flaws as many assume. That’s the view of academic Jason Healey, who claims the true number of zero-days collective by the agency is in the “dozens”.
Speaking during the Defcon hacking conference in Las Vegas, as reported by The Guardian, Healey – who is a senior research scholar at Columbia University – believes the NSA only adds a small number of computer flaws every year and the current rate is in “single digits”.
Original Source: IBT
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