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NSA reportedly leveraging Google cookies and leaked mobile location data to identify hacking targets

11
Dec
2013

You know those cookies web services use to track your history and serve up personalized ads? It appears that the government is using them too. The National Security Agency is apparently leveraging a Google-specific cookie to tap into the computers of suspicious users, according to presentation slides Edward Snowden leaked to The Washington Post. With an assist from Mountain Views PREF file, the NSA can track a targets web visits, then identify the computer and send a remote exploit in.

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