(Der Spiegel)

Der Spiegel released a lot of information about the National Security Agency's exploitation efforts within the last few days. But perhaps the most amazing thing it has posted is the illustrated slide above from a presentation describing the hacking system FOXACID.

FOXACID is a previously revealed program the NSA uses to hack into targeted system. Essentially, it's a secret set of Internet servers "designed to act as a matchmaker between potential targets and attacks developed by the NSA." The illustrations by an anonymous NSA cartoonist show a vat of acid dissolving an alarmed fox and presumably the same fox packed into a can of spam that lists "sadism" and "total crap" among its ingredients. Der Spiegel reports that spam e-mail was one of the original ways targets were redirected to FOXACID servers, but  it now uses QUANTUM -- a program where servers deployed at key places on the Internet backbones impersonate legitimate Web sites and trick the target's browser into visiting a FOXACID server.

One last note: If you're the cartoonist, let us know. The Switch would love to talk.