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The NSA Unchained

NSA installed '50,000 malware sleeper cells' in world computer networks

America's NSA had established an army of "sleeper cells" – malware-infected, remote-controllable computers – on 50,000 networks by the middle of 2012. That's according to the latest leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden. Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad reports that the elite NSA TAO (Tailored Access Operations) hacking squad …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2013
SBY, president of Indonesia

Indonesia turns Twitter into very leaky diplomatic bag

Allegations about Australian spying on Indonesia – or, more accurately, Australia's political response to the allegations – has set the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, or SBY as he's known to the polysyllabically-challenged, on an epic Twitter-rant. The allegations – which included the accusation that …

Oz gov sysadmins ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

Systems administrators in charge of Australian parliamentarians' computers have been dozing at the wheel, don't read The Guardian, and have completely failed to notice PRISM or Edward Snowden, a Senate Estimates hearing has revealed. Alternatively, Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) sysadmins are today queuing at the …
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Watch out spooks: STANDARDS GROUPS are COMING AFTER YOU

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has vowed that the NSA won't be allowed to get away with its nefarious surveillance of the internet any more … as soon as 1,100 boffins can agree on a PRISM-proofing plan. The IETF met this week in Canada and the communiqué issued makes it plain that the standards body is mad as hell …

Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

Terrorists in Afghanistan and the Middle East are discussing changing their communication systems as a result of Edward Snowden's revelations, the boss of GCHQ said on Thursday. Sir Iain Lobban, director of the UK's eavesdropping nerve center, made the claims during a meeting in London with MPs and lords on Parliament's …
John Leyden, 7 Nov 2013
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Furious Google techie on NSA snooping: 'F*CK THESE GUYS'

Eric Schmidt's indignation over the NSA's reported spying on links between Google's data centres pales in comparison to the righteous indignation of his engineers. The latest leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden provide evidence that Google and Yahoo! data centre interconnects were being tapped by the NSA's spies, as part …
John Leyden, 7 Nov 2013

Reding: NSA, friends don't spy on friends. Europe, let's team up for our own SPOOK CLUB

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has re-floated the idea the European nations should team up to create their own intelligence service by 2020, as a counterbalance against overarching US spying. In an interview with Greek daily Naftemporiki on the ongoing controversy about the NSA's dragnet surveillance programme, Reding …
John Leyden, 5 Nov 2013

Snowden: Oh, PLEASE let me come to Germany and help Merkel with her phone

NSA squealer Edward Snowden has offered to pop over to Germany to help investigate allegations that Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone was tapped by US spies. German Green Party MP Hans-Christian Stroebele met Snowden in Moscow, Russia for three hours on Thursday - the lawmaker said on his website [in German]. The two men …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Nov 2013
heart.russia

From Russia with Code: Edward Snowden gets job on website helldesk

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has reportedly bagged a job in Russia after fleeing to the former superpower after leaking details of indiscriminate wiretapping being carried out by the US National Security Agency. Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, declined to say which major website's support team Snowden would be working …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Oct 2013

Irish privacy boss hauled to court for NOT probing Facebook for spook links

An Austrian student is taking Ireland's data protection watchdog to court after the privacy regulator declined to investigate allegations that Facebook allowed US spooks to slurp its data. The Irish privacy office, headed up by data protection commissioner Billy Hawkes, told The Register that judicial review proceedings were …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2013
Russia

Web-email king Mail.ru gulps $15k fine, fights govt demand to slurp data

Internet email maestro Mail.ru is fighting the Russian government's request for its customer data. The web portal, social network and email service, which employs an estimated 3,000 people and is roughly comparable with Yahoo! in Russian language markets, was fined $15,000 (500,000 rubles) for refusing to hand customer records …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2013
Keith Alexander

NSA boss Alexander and deputy to take a hike next year

Comment The head of the NSA and his deputy are both expected to leave the signals intelligence agency over the next six months, unnamed US officials told Reuters. The departure of General Keith Alexander, the former US Army officer who has served as the NSA's director for that last eight years, and his civilian deputy would …
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2013
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MPs to review laws on UK spy-snoopery after GCHQ Tempora leaks

Parliament's intelligence services watchdog is to hold an inquiry into whether or not UK surveillance laws need updating in light of Edward Snowden's revelations into GCHQ's activities. The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) will also consider the impact on personal privacy of intercepting people's communications as …
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2013

Luxembourgeois data protection watchdog probes Microsoft in Skype PRISM complaint

Microsoft is co-operating with regulators in Skype’s home country of Luxembourg over its possible participation in the NSA’s PRISM program, a spokesperson has confirmed. A Redmond spokesperson told The Register Microsoft is “happy to answer any questions” that Luxembourg's Commission nationale de protection des données (CNPD …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2013

Laptops Snowden took to Hong Kong and Russia 'just a decoy'

The four laptops NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden took with him when he fled America for Hong Kong were nothing but a diversion, according to an ex-CIA official who met Snowden in Russia last week. Classified documents downloaded from NSA systems were stored in thumb drives and HDDs that were kept out of reach of Chinese …
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2013
The NSA Unchained

NSA tactics no better than a CYBERCRIME GANG, says infosec'er

The NSA operates like a state-sponsored cybercrime gang using much the same tools and techniques as miscreants slinging banking trojans, one cynic has suggested. Anyone following the Snowden revelations knows by now that the NSA uses exploits and malware to spy on the online activities of targets, but ponytailed infosec expert …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2013
Sign outside the National Security Agency HQ

Electronic Frontier Foundation bails from Global Network Initiative

The Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) has resigned from the Global Network Initiative (GNI), citing the presence of GNI members who co-operated with the NSA as making its ongoing involvement untenable. The GNI was established in 2008 and aims to promote privacy and freedom of speech online. Its membership roster comprises …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Oct 2013
Donald Pleasence as Blofeld, with his white cat

MI5 boss: Snowden leaks of GCHQ methods HELPED TERRORISTS

MI5's newly appointed boss has suggested that his predecessor might have spoken too much about cyber-attacks rather than conventional terrorism in a speech attempting to justify controversial surveillance programs by GCHQ and the NSA. Andrew Parker, director general of the security service, made the remarks in a speech to the …
John Leyden, 9 Oct 2013

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