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Hang on, maybe I didn't fully comprehend what the article says BUT could I be wrong to say that it says that the NSA put a gun against Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba,and forced them to write this malware unto the hard drives?
More like they offered the companies some contracts/cash. Or just simply paid their programmers on the side to install the software.
aspersky researchers have documented 500 infections by Equation Group in at least 42 countries, with Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Syria, and Mali topping the list. Because of a self-destruct mechanism built into the malware, the researchers suspect that this is just a tiny percentage of the total; the actual number of victims likely reaches into the tens of thousands.
Are this ALL harddrives or was this a selected operation... MyBB Article little bit of a clickbait effect here.
Read this for a better explanation (just be careful, the guys did receive an email from the NSA after posting the article )