I’ll say it again.
That catalog of spy tech is a bunch of crap!
There is NO way that the state of the art in surveillance is reflected by that cheesy catalog...and no, it was cheap crap in 2008 when the catalog was supposedly produced.
That stuff would almost be believable if the catalog was dated in the late 80’s.
There’s just no way that the NSA sends a team to plant a circuit board in a PC.
The NSA runs it’s own state of the art chip FAB. Why would they buy retro stuff from contractors?
It’s now been possible for years to place a full rf transceiver inside an IC. They are even for sale to the general public now as cool new Internet-of-Things parts.
They would have ready made motherboards with modified ICs on them..ditto for HD controller boards, thumb drives..etc.
Stuffing a little extra board into a PC...it’s laughable.
I do believe that they grab computer gear in transit to a target and replace the boards inside....but they definitely don’t wedge in a small board that someone might notice.
The stuff described in that catalog is junk a bright 18yr old geek would put together at their workbench. If they actually are using crap like that then a lot of Engineers and technicians at NRO and NSA need to be fired.
The very idea that a group of spooks would hang out near a target with a briefcase radio unit is laughable. Why did NRO put up several large satellite systems in geosynchronous orbit? It cost a pretty penny to put up those sats with their monstrous dish antennas.
Now if I was told the FBI was still using such crummy gear, that I would believe. They still use GPS trackers on targeted cars that use huge battery packs..lol A guy found one on his car and put up photos on Hack-A-Day.
The only thing that makes sense to me is that catalog is a plant to fool the rubes.
Seriously... That they would snag a new computer ordered by a high-value target and intercept the delivery, plant a chip on board to capture whatever stuff and transmit out... That’s pretty cool.
Am I the only one that thinks this is -exactly- the sort of thing we pay our intelligence agencies to do?