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Hammer and Nails

Rowhammer returns, Spectre fix unfixed, Wireguard makes a new friend, and much more

Roundup This week we dealt with buggered bookies, trouble at Ticketmaster, and a compromised Linux build from Gentoo. Here's what else went down during the week. Trustwave sued Some breaking news as we were typing away: two insurance companies, Lexington Insurance Co and Beazley Insurance Co in the US, are suing infosec biz Trustwave …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2018

Reality Winner, liberty loser: NSA leaker faces 63 months in the cooler

Reality Winner – who leaked to the media a classified NSA file describing Russians fiddling with American election technology – has pled guilty to one count of espionage. The former NSA contractor had earlier pleaded not guilty in a US federal district court in Georgia, and had hoped a jury would clear her of wrongdoing. Now, …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2018
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NSA sought data on 534 MILLION phone calls in 2017

The United States’ Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released its annual Intelligence Community Transparency Report last Friday, revealing the extent of America’s domestic intelligence-gathering efforts. Those efforts are certainly quite extensive. The report says America’s national security agencies …

ISO blocks NSA's latest IoT encryption systems amid murky tales of backdoors and bullying

Two new encryption algorithms developed by the NSA have been rejected by an international standards body amid accusations of threatening behavior. The "Simon" and "Speck" cryptographic tools were designed for secure data to and from the next generation of internet-of-things gizmos and sensors, and were intended to become a …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2018
Mike Rogers

NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation

NSA boss Mike Rogers told a US congressional panel today that Russia’s online mischief-making in America's elections is not going to stop – because Uncle Sam isn’t hitting back. "I believe that President Putin has clearly come to the conclusion there’s little price to pay here, and that therefore I can continue this activity …
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2018
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US govt staffers use personal gear on work networks, handle biz docs on the reg – study

Employees of US government agencies are largely ignoring basic security measures. This is according to a study published this month by security biz Lookout, which suggests Uncle Sam's staffers may be putting confidential information at risk. According to a survey of 200 IT and security admins at US federal agencies, 67.5 per …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2018
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Three in hospital after NSA cops open fire on campus ram-raid SUV

Three people are in hospital after a car rammed a barrier at the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, today at around 0655 ET (0355 PT, 1155 UTC). A trio of blokes tried to drive onto the US intelligence agency's campus in a rented SUV, and were intercepted by spy cops, according to the FBI. The vehicle's driver was hurt …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2018
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Roses are red, Kaspersky is blue: 'That ban's unconstitutional!' Boo hoo hoo

Kaspersky Lab, the antivirus house, now claims that the US government's ban on its products amounts to punishment without trial. In court filings made late last year Kaspersky said it was intending to use the US Administrative Procedure Act to get the ban declared unconstitutional. Now, according to local reports, the Russian …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Feb 2018
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Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

An upgrade to a major US signals intelligence centre in Northamptonshire, UK, has been struck by controversy – after architects acting on behalf of the US Air Force and Blighty's Ministry of Defence nicked a photo of it from a website devoted to uncovering secret military bases in Britain. Alan Turnbull, who runs the excellent …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Dec 2017

US Section 702 spying rules get deadline extension until April

Proving that nothing is what it seems when it comes to mass surveillance, the hard deadline of December 31 for the controversial section 702 spying program has been moved overnight to April 26. On the eve of a Congressional hearing in which director of the FBI Christopher Wray was pointedly asked about the agency's use of …
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Guilty: NSA bloke who took home exploits at the heart of Kaspersky antivirus slurp row

An NSA hacker has admitted taking home copies of classified software exploits – understood to be the cyber-weapons slurped from an agency worker's home Windows PC by Kaspersky Labs' antivirus. Nghia Hoang Pho, 67, pleaded guilty in a US district court in Baltimore on Friday to one count of willful retention of national defense …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Dec 2017
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Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

Kaspersky Lab, the US government's least favorite computer security outfit, has published its full technical report into claims Russian intelligence used its antivirus tools to steal NSA secrets. Last month, anonymous sources alleged that in 2015, an NSA engineer took home a big bunch of the agency's cyber-weapons to work on …
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2017
Hackers

The four problems with the US government's latest rulebook on security bug disclosures

Analysis The United States government has published its new policy for publicly disclosing vulnerabilities and security holes. The new rulebook [PDF] – and the decision to make it public – comes following a tumultuous 12 months in which Uncle Sam's chief spy agency, the NSA, was devastated to discover part of its secret cache of …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Nov 2017
DHS assistant secretary Jeanette Manfra

US Homeland Security says hardly any Kaspersky software left on federal networks

Only 15 per cent of US federal agencies still have Kaspersky Lab software anywhere on their networks. So said the United States' Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assistant secretary for cyber security, Jeanette Manfra, at a Tuesday hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's oversight subcommittee …
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'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'

Updated The brouhaha over Russian spies using Kaspersky antivirus to steal NSA exploits from a staffer's home PC took an explosive turn on Tuesday. Essentially, it is now claimed Israeli spies hacked into Kaspersky's backend systems only to find Russian snoops secretly and silently using the software as a global search engine. Kremlin …

How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it's called the USA Liberty Act

Analysis The US Senate Judiciary Committee has unveiled its answer to a controversial spying program run by the NSA and used by the FBI to fish for crime leads. Unsurprisingly, the proposed legislation [PDF] reauthorizes Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) – which allows American snoops to scour …

Angst in her pants: Alleged US govt leaker Reality Winner stashed docs in her pantyhose

Reality Winner smuggled a top-secret NSA dossier out of her office at a US government IT contractor by hiding it in her pantyhose, she told special agents. That's according to a transcript, released this week, of her interview with investigators who showed up at her house in Georgia, USA, to grill her. If you've ever wondered …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2017

Intelligence director pulls national security BS on spying question

The director of national intelligence (DNI) has refused to say whether US spying agencies are using legislation specifically intended to cover only foreigners in order to spy on American citizens. The unclassified letter [PDF] from Dan Coats to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and released by the legislator, comes in response to a …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2017

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