NSA and GCHQ worked together to access Juniper equipment

Dec

25

2015

The intercept publishes a document indicating that the British GCHQ in cooperation with the NSA in 2011 had access to different models of Juniper equipment. A direct connection with the newly discovered backdoor would not appear in the document.

The document discloses that Juniper is an interesting target because the company supplied routers have a high density over the world ‘and Juniper’ SSL VPN provides services. The company is also described as a danger, because it would put much emphasis on security. This would be necessary to continue to monitor developments closely. The document then describes thirteen NetScreen firewalls, which would be accessible. For some, however, would still be some reverse engineering are needed, depending on the firmware.

Cryptographer Matt Blaze allows the intercept to know that he’s not likely that the recently established backdoor in firewalls from Juniper and the ability to VPN traffic decryption directly related to the features described in the document. If they already had such access, then it says, is what reverse engineering are needed for that. He argues that the document dated 2011 more closely resembles the NSA program Feed Through, published by Der Spiegel in 2007.

Although there is no direct link appears to be the recent events, the documents show that Juniper was high on the wish list of the NSA. According to the document from 2011, the ability to penetrate firewalls many bear fruit in the future. ”

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