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Spies do spying, part 97: Shock horror as CIA turn phones, TVs, computers into surveillance bugs

WikiLeaks has dumped online what appears to be a trove of CIA documents outlining the American murder-snoops' ability to spy on people. The leaked files describe security exploits used to compromise vulnerable Android handhelds, Apple iPhones, Samsung TVs, Windows PCs, Macs, and other devices, to read messages, listen in via …
John Leyden, 7 Mar 2017

Ex-NSA contractor Harold Martin indicted: He spent 'up to 20 years stealing top-secret files'

Former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor Harold Thomas Martin III allegedly stole secret and top-secret software and documents from American intelligence agencies for up to 20 years. That's according to a federal grand jury indictment revealed today. The legal paperwork [PDF] lays out the US Department of Justice's case against …
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CIA boss: Make America (a) great (big database of surveillance on citizens, foreigners) again!

While Washington is busy with the inauguration of President Trump, not all political business has stopped. The incoming administration is hoping to get its new CIA boss appointed today, but the Senate is having none of it. Trump's pick for the top job is Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS), who has some interesting views on data …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jan 2017

CIA director AOL email hacker coughs to crime

Justin Liverman, arrested by the FBI for breaking into the AOL email account of CIA director John Brennan, has today signed a guilty plea deal in the face of what his lawyers described as "draconian penalties." Brennan's webmail inbox was hijacked in 2015 and his emails were subsequently published by WikiLeaks. Liverman is …

CIA: Russia hacked election. Trump: I don't believe it! FAKE NEWS!

President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed a report by the CIA claiming that there is proof that Russian government hackers smoothed his route to the White House. On Friday, representatives from the CIA told US Congress that it had evidence that the Russians had hacked the servers of both the Democrats and Republicans, but had …
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2016
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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

CIA director John Brennan told US senators they shouldn't worry about mandatory encryption backdoors hurting American businesses. And that's because, according to Brennan, there's no one else for people to turn to: if they don't want to use US-based technology because it's been forced to use weakened cryptography, they'll be …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2016
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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

The CIA says that it accidentally deleted a report at the heart of a Senate investigation into the agency's use of torture. A report from Yahoo! news claims that the agency's Inspector General managed to delete both the uploaded copy of the Senate's torture report and a disk that contained the office's backup of the report, …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2016
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WikiLeaks leaks CIA director's private emails – including his nat sec clearance dossier

Days after a teenage stoner hacked the AOL email account of CIA director John Brennan, WikiLeaks has published highly sensitive files from the spymaster's inbox. The documents include Brennan's application for national security clearance, with address, phone number, passport details, and the names and addresses of associates …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2015

CIA boss uses AOL email – and I hacked it, claims stoner teen

A teenager claims to have hacked the CIA director's AOL email account and laid his hands on sensitive government files within. The kid bragged he managed to trick staff at AOL parent Verizon into reseting the password to CIA boss John Brennan's personal account, allowing the youngster to hijack it. After apparently rifling …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2015
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US gov to Apple: COUGH UP iMessages or FEEL our FEDERAL FROWN

It's been reported that US officials might yet do battle with Apple over customers' encrypted communication. The idea is raised in The New York Times, which has managed to get Justice Department and FBI officials to say that folks in those agencies want to see Apple cuffed and in the dock. The case in question pertains to the …

Palantir raises $450m in latest fund-raising round

CIA-backed Palantir has raised $450m (£289m) from investors, valuing the biz at $20bn (£13bn). Palantir's software is most famous for reportedly helping the US government track down Osama bin Laden, although this is something it has refused to confirm. It was also backed in its early stages by the the CIA's In-Q-Tel venture …
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2015
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CIA-funded spy data safe Palantir doubles in value in 18 months

CIA-backed Big Data analytics outfit Palantir is about to embark on a fundraising round that will value the biz at $20bn (£13bn), according to reports. The funding comes off the back of bumper forward revenues this year, sources have told The Financial Times [paywall]. It means Palantir will become one of the most valuable …
Kat Hall, 24 Jun 2015
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'The Google execs, the journalists, plus Brit and US spybosses in a cosy mansion confab'

A high-level private meeting between Silicon Valley execs, spies and others was held in the UK this month: on the agenda, the state of government surveillance, and what limits should be put on it. The attendee list is impressive. Key speakers apparently included former acting CIA boss John McLaughlin; former White House deputy …
Iain Thomson, 22 May 2015
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Cyber-whizs partake in mass eye-roll event over latest leaks: CIA spies 'spying on iPhones'

CIA brainiacs at least thought about, or experimented with, breaking the security of Apple's iPhones, iPads and OS X computers, it appears from leaked intelligence documents. The intel agency wanted to crack the encrypted firmware stored on targeted iThings, and spy on selected users via poisoned apps, Snowden newsletter The …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2015
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CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe

A review panel has tossed aside accusations that the US Central Intelligence Agency hacked into computers used by Senate aides investigating the torture of terror suspects, saying the CIA did nothing wrong. The CIA has been criticized by several lawmakers – in particular, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who chairs the Senate …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2015
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UFOs in the '50s skies? CIA admits: 'IT WAS US'

The US government's Central Intelligence Agency has 'fessed up about reports of UFO sightings in the 1950s by playfully tweeting "it was us". It linked to a document entitled The CIA and the U-2 Program 1954-1974 (PDF), which was first published in 1998. The CIA decided to flag it up via its Twitter account because it had …
Team Register, 1 Jan 2015
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Web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Back off Putin, I'm no CIA stooge

The internet is a basic human right – and most certainly not the work of CIA agents – says the man who brought about the World Wide Web. Sir Tim Berners-Lee has called out Russian President Vladimir Putin over his claims the internet is run by the CIA as a US intelligence operation. "It was the academic community who wired up …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2014
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CIA crypto-king offers new 'clock' clue to crack Kryptos code

The man who built a cryptographic sculpture for the CIA has provided a second clue to help crack its infamously difficult code. Standing in a courtyard inside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the last part of the Kryptos sculpture has remained unsolved for almost 25 years. Now Jim Sanborn, its creator, has given a …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Nov 2014

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