The NSA's TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret weapon.It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting.A brisk pace of construction commenced inside this enormous compound.The acquisition of the former chip factory at Sony Place was part of a massive expansion the agency began after the events of Sept. On-Call Digital Plumbers One of the two main buildings at the former plant has since housed a sophisticated NSA unit, one that has benefited the most from this expansion and has grown the fastest in recent years -- the Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO.No matter how many times they pressed the buttons, the doors didn't budge.The problem primarily affected residents in the western part of the city, around Military Drive and the interstate highway known as Loop 410.
Sometimes, Alexander wears his military uniform, but at others, he even dons jeans and a t-shirt in his effort to court trust and a new generation of employees.
This is the NSA's top operative unit -- something like a squad of plumbers that can be called in when normal access to a target is blocked.
According to internal NSA documents viewed by SPIEGEL, these on-call digital plumbers are involved in many sensitive operations conducted by American intelligence agencies.
In the United States, a country of cars and commuters, the mysterious garage door problem quickly became an issue for local politicians.
Ultimately, the municipal government solved the riddle.