A top hacker for Kaspersky Lab's Global Research and Analysis Team has said that users should assume that their computers are being watched by at least one government and act accordingly.
Costin Raiu has been carrying out the research into APTs and targeted attacks and he has first-hand knowledge of the depth and breadth of the tactics that government attackers are using.
He said that he works under the principle that his computer is owned by at least three governments and he is not actually joking.
He told Threatpost that if you assume you're owned then you'll be more cautious about what you do It doesn't always work, but it can't hurt.
Last year showed that intelligence agencies have spent the last decade systematically penetrating virtually every portion of the Internet and are conducting surveillance and exploitation on a scale that a year ago would have seemed inconceivable to all but the most paranoid.
Raiu said that it is not a matter of just chucking your laptop out the window. All you have to do is assume that what you are reading and writing is being seen by the government and act accordingly.
After all most of what you write is not going to bother any government agency. Why would a government care that you watch rather too much Russian donkey porn? It is when you want to otherthrow the government that it might pay attention.