Edward Snowden reveals in an interview with Wired the existence of MonsterMind – an anti-cyberattack software. “Instead of simply detecting and killing the malware at the point of entry, MonsterMind would automatically fire back, with no human involvement.” This means that retaliation automatically hits computers from which the attack starts. According to Snowden attacks can be spoofed so that completely innocent computers get hit automatically.
MonsterMind is dangerous for another reason also, according to Snowden: “Snowden views MonsterMind as the ultimate threat to privacy because, in order for the system to work, the NSA first would have to secretly get access to virtually all private communications coming in from overseas to people in the US. “The argument is that the only way we can identify these malicious traffic flows and respond to them is if we’re analyzing all traffic flows,” he says. “And if we’re analyzing all traffic flows, that means we have to be intercepting all traffic flows. That means violating the Fourth Amendment, seizing private communications without a warrant, without probable cause or even a suspicion of wrongdoing. For everyone, all the time.” “