Note: all the information contained in this essay are extracted from documents that have already been previously published by a number of news organizations at different times.
The Snowden revelations have instigated a global outcry for privacy and empowered a more informed and critical analysis of the growing adoption of mass "passive" surveillance. However, the use of "active" surveillance and targeted attacks are commonly deemed as a necessary evil.
After years of publications, and even a massive commercial speculation, on the nature of state-sponsored attacks, particularly by China and Russia, it comes to no surprise that Western governments are also engaged in malware attacks. However, we still know very little on their capabilities and sophistication.
What we are learning is that it isn't anymore just a matter of pure intelligence or counter-terrorism. A large portion of the attacks we're seeing from all fronts are mostly political and sometimes economic. In few occasions they're even in support of military missions. In a climate of fatigue from endless wars, modern day's imperialism is carried through network packets and conflicts are played in the dark, across submarine cables and Internet routers, far from the sight of the public or the press.
In order to comprehend the true nature of the 21st century's intelligence and military complex, it's important to investigate and report on the infiltration capabilities of governments around the world, with no exceptions. If we are selective on the information the public is given, we will obtain a false picture of the ongoing war for Internet and information dominance and we won't be able to build neutrally secure systems. There's no space for nationalism in technology.