[Spiegel] Catalog Reveals NSA Has Back Doors for Numerous Devices

The article describes a 50-page catalog that lists devices that support the work of the Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit of the NSA.

"After years of speculation that electronics can be accessed by intelligence agencies through a back door, an internal NSA catalog reveals that such methods already exist for numerous end-user devices."

"The specialists at ANT, which presumably stands for Advanced or Access Network Technology, could be described as master carpenters for the NSA's department for Tailored Access Operations (TAO). In cases where TAO's usual hacking and data-skimming methods don't suffice, ANT workers step in with their special tools, penetrating networking equipment, monitoring mobile phones and computers and diverting or even modifying data. "