If anyone is doubting this newspaper, it's one of the best critical newspapers we have.
The malware can be controlled remotely and be turned on and off at will. The ‘implants’ act as digital ‘sleeper cells’ that can be activated with a single push of a button. According to the Washington Post, the NSA has been carrying out this type of cyber operation since 1998.
More on-topic, this sounds more like the start of a movie than reality. Sadly I've become quite 'NSA-tired', almost indifferent to what horrible privacy breach they've done this time.