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Did NSA plant spyware in computers around world?

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world?

A new report from a Russian cyber-security firm says its researchers have identified a new family of malicious programs or worms that infected computers in multiple countries, primarily overseas. Targets appear to be specifically selected and included military, Islamic activists, energy companies and other businesses, as well as government personnel.

Kaspersky Lab did not name the United States as the source of the malware. But it says one of the programs has elements in common with the so-called Stuxnet worm, which the New York Times and Washington Post have said was developed by the U.S. and Israeli governments to disrupt Iranian nuclear facilities.

An NSA spokeswoman declined comment, but cited a 2014 presidential directive that instructed U.S. intelligence agencies to respect Americans' privacy while continuing to conduct overseas operations necessary to guard against terrorism or other threats.

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