Here’s how it works: shipments of computer network devices (servers, routers, etc,) being delivered to our targets throughout the world are intercepted. Next, they are redirected to a secret location where Tailored Access Operations/Access Operations (AO-S326) employees, with the support of the Remote Operations Center (S321), enable the installation of beacon implants directly into our targets’ electronic devices. These devices are then re-packaged and placed back into transit to the original destination. All of this happens with the support of Intelligence Community partners and the technical wizards in TAO.
I'm sure I heard a rumour of this a few weeks back; someone in the US suspected her keyboard had been intercepted by the NSA and then re-shipped...in the case of a router being meddled with, what would this mean for VPN software, assuming that software was NOT running on the router itself? I think we can safely assume that VPN software running on the router would be unclean.