Shipping companies remain tight-lipped over NSA reportedly intercepting packages
By End the Lie
Both FedEx and UPS have remained quiet after a Sunday report revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) intercepts electronics shipments en route in order to install malicious hardware and software.
The Der Spiegel report, published Sunday, stated that the NSA re-routes shipments to its own secret workshops where surveillance equipment or software is installed without the buyer’s knowledge or consent.
Dell, one of the companies implicated in the reports and in a presentation by security researcher Jacob Applebaum, already issued a somewhat strange apology to one user.
Cisco also said they have launched an investigation into the reports of the NSA using their technology to conduct surveillance.
Giuseppe Macri for the Daily Caller reports that while shipping heavyweights FedEx and UPS have not said much, “what they have said implies they knew what the agency was up to.”
Macri said that the Daily Caller contacted the companies about their knowledge of the interdiction program and their cooperation with the NSA.
“The answer to your questions about ‘permission/cooperation, etc…’ is – ’No,’” said Scott Fielder of FedEx media relations.
However, Fiedler declined to common on the company’s awareness of the program. Fiedler also declined to describe FedEx’s official stance on the program revealed in Sunday’s reports.
After repeated requests made by the Daily Caller, UPS continued to decline to comment.
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