UPS Insists That It Is Not Helping The NSA 'Interdict' Packages To Install Backdoors
from the not-us! dept
After Glenn Greenwald’s book came out last week, one of the big stories was the additional revelations about the NSA’s interdiction program — in which the NSA grabs packages of computer equipment that are being shipped, outfits the equipment with backdoors — and sends them along their shipping route as if nothing happened. Most famously, it included an image of it happening, showing a clear Cisco box:
UPS, which Cisco has used since 1997 to ship hardware to customers around the world, said on Thursday that it did not voluntarily allow government officials to inspect its packages unless it is required to do so by law.
“UPS’ long-standing policy is to require a legal court-ordered process, such as a subpoena, before responding to any third-party requests,” UPS spokeswoman Kara Ross wrote in an e-mail to TheBlot Magazine. “UPS is not aware of any court orders from the NSA seeking to inspect technology-related shipments.”
In a follow-up e-mail, Ross said UPS had no knowledge of similar orders from the FBI, CIA or any other federal agency.
Keys also reached out to other popular shipping options, including the US Postal Service, FedEx and DHL. USPS says that they don’t participate in any such NSA program (though, some may question the validity of that statement). FedEx and DHL appear to have simply ignored repeated requests for comment from Keys.
Of course, it’s not impossible that there are other methods being used to get the equipment — or that the folks who handle these “special” projects are kept way far away from any official spokesperson. Clearly, however, the NSA can get these packages, and now the doubt is going to spread across pretty much everyone in the logistics chain, no matter what they say.