Feeds

Google turns to NSA for help in cyberattack defences

Worm belatedly turns

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Google is detailing a new data-sharing agreement with the US National Security Agency in order to better protect itself against apparent attacks from China.

Back in 2006, Google claimed lots of positive press coverage for briefly resisting requests for its search data from the Department of Justice. The firm has generally considered only itself as a safe home for its users' private data.

But it is now finalising a new deal with the National Security Agency to share data without breaking either Google's Ts&Cs or US data protection laws.

Google went to see the spooks shortly after the Chinese attacks, but the detailed agreement is taking some time to sort out. This will be Google's first formal agreement with the NSA, according to Washington Post sources.

The paper said the agreement did not mean the NSA would be reading emails or looking at search histories. US opinion of the NSA has not really recovered from its warrantless wiretapping extravaganza.

The paper said the deal was focussed on testing Google's defences against future attacks rather than trying to find out who carried them out.

Neither Google nor the NSA would comment but the leak is likely to upset privacy campaigners. ®

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

More from The Register

next story
Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart
Mega-costly gas 'n' 'leccy totting-up tech not worth it - Tory MP
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter
You'd better not be talking about the council's housing plans
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION
Environmental activist walks free after hoax sent share price over a cliff
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.