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Evil NSA runs on saintly Linux, Apache, MySQL

The United States National Security Agency's (NSA's) XKEYSCORE spookware, revealed by Edward Snowden as capable of sniffing and analysing just about any data from anywhere, runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. So says Snowden amanuensis Glenn Greenwald, who last week wrote that XKEYSCORE “... is a piece of Linux software that is …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jul 2015
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Wow, another NSA leak: Network security code appears on GitHub

The NSA today revealed it has uploaded source code to GitHub to help IT admins lock down their networks of Linux machines. The open-source software is called the System Integrity Management Platform (SIMP). It is designed to make sure networks comply with US Department of Defense security standards, but the spy agency says it …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2015

Surprise! World stunned to learn that AT&T is in the NSA's pocket

It has long been known that AT&T works with the NSA to monitor the internet traffic and call data in the US and overseas. Now, new files leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden show the company is by far the agency's biggest spying partner. The document trove, published by ProPublica and The New York Times, doesn't mention AT&T …
Iain Thomson, 17 Aug 2015
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NSA snooped on German chancellors for DECADES: Wikileaks

Less than a month after Germany abandoned its probe into alleged NSA spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, a new Wikileaks drop suggests snooping on the Chancellory goes back decades. The leak, published here, draws the inference that prior chancellors were targeted, based on the list of telephone numbers targeted by the NSA. “ …
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Germany drops probe into NSA's Merkel phone-hacking

German attorney general (Generalbundesanwalt) Harald Range has dropped the investigation into spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel because the allegation could not be proved by “legally watertight means.” In October 2013, media reports suggested that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had snooped on Mutti’s phone. Range …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Jun 2015

German spies sold out citizens to the NSA in exchange for super-snoop-ware XKeyscore

German weekly Die Zeit has published documents that reveal how the country’s domestic spies did a deal with the NSA to get their mitts on souped-up surveillance software. Under the 2012 agreement between the United States National Security Agency and the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), the latter …
Jennifer Baker, 27 Aug 2015
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NSA: We'll move your metadata into /dev/null when you stop suing us

The NSA has said it will delete its mountain of private telephone records belonging to millions of Americans – just as soon as people stop suing it for having done so. The agency's slurping of phone numbers, the times and dates of calls, and (in some case) the locations of cellphone calls, was exposed in the first-ever leak of …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jul 2015
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Wikimedia chucks sueball at NSA and DOJ over mass surveillance

Jimmy Wales' Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, has announced its intention to file a lawsuit against the US National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) challenging dragnet spying programs such as PRISM. In a press release the foundation stated its "aim in filing this suit is to end this mass …
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NSA continues mass slurping of Americans' phone metadata

The NSA can continue to monitor when and where millions and millions of Americans use their cellphones, and who they're calling and texting. The USA Freedom Act is supposed to slightly rein in that level of surveillance, by forcing telcos to collect the records and make the Feds apply for the information. That doesn't kick in …
Iain Thomson, 01 Jul 2015

NSA domestic dragnet NOT authorised by Patriot Act, rules US Appeals Court

The NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone call records may be illegal, a US federal appeals court has ruled. The US Second Circuit Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that the NSA's bulk telephone metadata1 program was not authorised by section 215 of the Patriot Act, voiding an earlier ruling by a lower court. The US District …
John Leyden, 07 May 2015
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Pre-Snowden NSA grunts wanted to nix phone spying: report

Even before Edward Snowden spilled the beans on the National Security Agency's(NSA's) extensive surveillance programs, high-level US bureaucrats were considering spiking the program. So says The Associated Press, thanks to unnamed sources who told the wire service the mass surveillance was disappointing as a counter-terrorism …
Darren Pauli, 31 Mar 2015
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WikiLeaks spaffs files showing NSA spied on French presidents

A diplomatic storm is brewing in France after WikiLeaks published evidence that the NSA has spied on at least three French presidents and their senior staff for the last nine years. "The French people have a right to know that their elected government is subject to hostile surveillance from a supposed ally," said WikiLeaks …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jun 2015
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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

The NSA has been using software to convert intercepted phone calls into transcripts stored in searchable databases, it is claimed. It is also entirely believable: Dragon Dictate isn't exactly top secret, is it? Documents leaked by Edward Snowden and published by The Intercept on Tuesday show that Uncle Sam's spies, and their …
Iain Thomson, 06 May 2015
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Chat about Safe Harbour all you like, the NSA's still the stumbling block

The EU’s Justice Commissioner met her US counterparts last week in an effort to break the stalemate over data protection rights. Věra Jourová and US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker met to discuss the revision of the so-called Safe Harbour agreement, a legally enforceable but voluntary code of conduct for US businesses that …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Jul 2015

NSA: We're in YOUR BOTNET

The NSA quietly commandeered a botnet targeting US Defence agencies to attack other victims including Chinese and Vietnamese dissidents, Snowden documents reveal. The allegation is among the latest in a cache of revelations dropped by Der Spiegel that revealed more about the spy agency. The "Boxingrumble" botnet was detected …
Darren Pauli, 19 Jan 2015
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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

One man is dead and another seriously hurt after they tried ramming a car into the gates of the NSA's headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. Just before 9am on Monday, Eastern Time, the two men – dressed as women – attempted to smash through a checkpoint and into the data center complex using a stolen Ford Explorer, NBC reports …
Iain Thomson, 30 Mar 2015
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WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France

Franco-American relations have taken a further hammering on Monday after WikiLeaks revealed new documents showing that the NSA has been collecting the details of commercial deals in the Land of Brie for over a decade and sharing them with its allies. "The United States has been conducting economic espionage against France for …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jun 2015
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NSA: Here’s $300,000, people. Go build us a safer Internet of Things

The NSA is funding development of an architecture for a "safer" Internet of Things (IoT), in the hope of incorporating better security at a product's design phase. The controversial US intelligence agency is bestowing a $299,000, one-year grant to the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) for a project that aims to build a …
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2015
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Latest Snowden leak: NSA can snoop internet to catch 'hackers' – no warrants needed

The latest documents to be released from the Snowden archive show that the NSA was secretly authorized to carry out warrantless surveillance on US internet traffic in the name of cybersecurity. Two memos released by ProPublica in cooperation with The New York Times show that in May 2012, the US Justice Department authorized the …
Iain Thomson, 04 Jun 2015

The Ruskies are coming for you, NSA director tells City bankers

Defence bigwigs have issued a stern warning to financial companies at the London Stock Exchange that "so-called patriotic hacker groups" may soon embiggen their attacks on the City and Wall Street. The talk, organised by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) along with the FCA and Bank of England, noted how Western banks …
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ACLU wants to end NSA mass spying forever – good luck with that

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing James Clapper – the US Director of National Intelligence – and other government bigwigs to stop the NSA from gathering innocent citizens' phone records in bulk. In a filing [PDF] to the United States Court of Appeals (2nd circuit), the union claims that even though a section …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2015
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WikiLeaks, er, leaks the Bundestag Inquiry into NSA naughtiness

Transcripts of a German parliamentary inquiry into the NSA have been leaked by WikiLeaks. The searchable files cover 10 months of hearings, which have not been as open as authorities would have us believe, according to WikiLeaks. "Despite many sessions being technically public, in practice public understanding has been …
John Leyden, 13 May 2015
Angela Merkel. Pic: Christliches Medienmagazin

Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

Germany has reportedly pulled the plug on cooperation with the NSA following controversy over the role of its BND secret service assisting with US spying ops targeted at European politicians and firms, including Airbus.‬ BND's listening station in Bad Aibling has reportedly stopped passing on intelligence harvested from local …
John Leyden, 07 May 2015
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NSA eggheads tried to bork Nork nukes with Stuxnet. It failed – report

The NSA tried to wreck North Korea's nuclear weapons lab using the centrifuge-knackering malware Stuxnet, and ultimately failed, multiple intelligence sources claim. US spies developed Stuxnet with the Israelis to attack and break Iran's nuke-fuel equipment from the mid to late 2000s. The software nasty was tweaked to thwart …
Iain Thomson, 29 May 2015
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Public prosecutor waves big stick at German spies over NSA data slurp claims

Germany was in a tizz this weekend, in the wake of spying allegations that could harm the country's thorny relationship with surveillance of its citizens. Der Spiegel magazine claimed on Saturday that Germany's spook agency BND had exploited data it had allegedly intercepted on behalf of U.S. spies at the NSA. According to the …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 May 2015

Sales up at NSA SIM hack scandal biz Gemalto

Sales at the world's biggest SIM card maker, Gemalto, which was last month revealed to have been hacked by the NSA and GCHQ, rose by five per cent to €2.5bn (£1.8bn) in 2014. Following the hack, the company's share price fell by $470m last month. However, the latest results do not appear to have appeased investors, with shares …
Kat Hall, 05 Mar 2015

NSA bulk phone records slurp to end when law lapses next month – report

Edward Snowden supporters were claiming victory for the privacy of millions of US citizens today, after the Obama administration seemingly decided not to seek a 90-day extension to allow g-men to collect bulk phone records. That surprise move, reported by the Guardian, came following the defeat of the USA Freedom Act in the …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 May 2015

NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning for an iPhone, and we'll give you an encryption master key” seems to be the dream of the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA's latest thought bubble, floated in front of noted cryptography journal The Washington Post, is that a “master key” for all products running …
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'No evidence' Snowden was working for foreign power says ex-NSA boss

Former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden this week told a conference about how little fallout the NSA has suffered after the Snowden leaks, and detailed how his former agency would hack other governments. He said to his audience at the Wall Street Journal's chief financial officer conference: If somebody would …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2015

NSA raided hackers' troves of stolen data: report

The NSA and its allies have raided the pockets of independent and nation-state hackers and monitored some of the security industry's foremost researchers in its bid to hoover information on targets and find better ways to break systems, Snowden documents reveal. Spooks would monitor the work of 'freelance' and rival state …
Darren Pauli, 05 Feb 2015
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Airbus to sue NSA, German spies accused of swiping tech secrets

European aerospace giant Airbus is promising legal action over claims its top blueprints were stolen by German spies and given to America's intelligence agencies. "We are aware that as a large company in the sector, we are a target and subject of espionage," the company said in a statement to the AFP newswire. "However, in this …
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2015
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NSA slapdown prompts Privacy Int'l to file new lawsuit against GCHQ

Privacy International has stepped up its battle against GCHQ, and yesterday filed an official legal challenge to the spy agency's mass snooping on net users. Emboldened by new restrictions to the similar programme run by America's National Security Agency (NSA), PI filed the complaint in the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal. …
Jennifer Baker, 09 Jun 2015
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Big sales growth nothing to do with NSA fears - Huawei top brass

Chinese kit-maker Huawei isn't apportioning swelling sales outside the Middle Kingdom to NSA snooping fears, more that double digit growth in Europe is related to brand recognition a decade after it up shop there. According to 2014 numbers, the global Carrier operation climbed 16.4 to ¥192bn (£19.7bn), the Consumer division was …
Kat Hall, 22 May 2015

EU Commish is rather pleased German BND and NSA thought it worth spying on

According to local media reports Thursday, German intelligence agency BND (the Bundesnachrichtendienst) has helped the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy on the European Commission and French authorities since 2008. German officials themselves were not targeted because of a NSA-BND deal signed in 2002. The revelations have …
Jennifer Baker, 01 May 2015

German spy agency staffer spied for NSA during gov probe into NSA spying – report

A German intelligence agency staffer has been arrested after allegedly being caught spying on behalf on the US, according to reports by German newspapers. The country's Federal Prosecutor's office has confirmed that a man had been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign spy, but gave no further details. According to reports in …
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2014
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NSA approves Samsung Knox for use by TOP SECRET g-men

US spooks will be allowed to access sensitive government information on their KNOX-locked Samsung gadgets from now on. The South Korean company has been heavily pushing its new KNOX security product and it looks as though its efforts have paid off. The National Security Agency has now approved nine Samsung devices, including the …
Jennifer Baker, 21 Oct 2014
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FBI has its fingers deep in NSA surveillance pie, declassified report shows

The FBI had, and most likely still has, a much closer involvement with the NSA’s mass surveillance programs than previously thought – with access to raw foreign intelligence and data on Americans gleaned from the PRISM program. The 231-page report, from the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, was obtained – albeit in a …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2015
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Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar

CTB Locker ransomware attacks rose 165 per cent in the first three months of 2015. More than a third (35 per cent) of victims were based in Europe, McAfee Labs reported. CTB Locker encrypts files and holds them hostage until the ransom is paid. As such, the crimeware is picking up the baton that dropped with the takedown of the …
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2015
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Yet more NSA officials whisper of an internal revolt over US spying. And yet it still goes on

The NSA's snooping programs aren't just controversial to the public, it seems: we're reminded other staff at the US agency also objected to prying into Americans' phone records. A group of executives, led by a senior official, revolted over the surveillance of US citizens – but failed to change President Obama's policy on spying …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2014
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New Snowden leak: How NSA shared 850-billion-plus metadata records

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden suggest during the noughties, the NSA massively expanded the information it shared with its Five Eyes allies and other agencies. In slides given to The Intercept, the NSA boasts that its ICREACH program “increases NSA communications metadata sharing from 50 billion records to 850+ billion …
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Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

Cisco will ship boxes to vacant addresses in a bid to foil the NSA, security chief John Stewart says. The dead drop shipments help to foil a Snowden-revealed operation whereby the NSA would intercept networking kit and install backdoors before boxen reached customers. The interception campaign was revealed last May. Speaking …
Darren Pauli, 18 Mar 2015

NSA dragnet domestic phone records slurp halted after key spying powers lapse

A number of key provisions in the US Patriot Act lapsed at midnight on Sunday, after the Senate failed to get its act together, much to the chagrin of the White House. It means that – for the first time in almost 14 years – g-men have temporarily lost the authority to scoop up and store phone call records of State-side citizens …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2015

ANOTHER US court smacks down EFF's NSA wiretap sueball – but won't say why

A California court has once again upheld the legality of the US National Security Agency's Bush-era mass telephone surveillance program, but has withheld its reasoning on grounds of national security. In a ten-page ruling [PDF] on Tuesday, US District Judge Jeffrey White of the Northern District of California said that the …
Neil McAllister, 11 Feb 2015

Infosec bods can now sniff out the NSA's Quantum Insert hacks

Security researchers have developed a method for detecting NSA Quantum Insert-style hacks. Fox-IT has published free open-source tools to detect duplicate sequence numbers of HTTP packets, with different data sizes, that are the hallmarks of Quantum Insert. The utilities developed by Fox-IT are capable of exposing fiddling with …
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2015
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Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?

NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers has said it is vital Uncle Sam's crimefighters snoop on people – and that this should be possible even if citizens use strong encryption. The spymaster reckons Americans should secure their communications against all eavesdroppers – except, of course, those working for the police, FBI and the NSA …
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2015

NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online

The NSA has decided to let the public have a peek at what it's been up to, for a change, by promising to release some of its data analysis tools under an open-source license. On Tuesday, intelligence-gobbling agency said it hopes to make the code to NiFi – a project previously known internally as Niagarafiles – available as an …
Neil McAllister, 25 Nov 2014
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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

Now that a US federal court has ruled that the NSA's mass wiretapping program exceeded its legal authority, leaders of the US Republican party are pushing to make it legal. Within hours of the ruling by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeal that the NSA's bulk domestic surveillance program under Section 215 of the Patriot Act …
Iain Thomson, 08 May 2015

NSA Sentry Eagle placed spies in private companies

The National Security Agency (NSA) has since 2004 sent spies into private companies in a bid to compromise networks from within, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Agents sent in by the NSA targeted global communications firms under a highly classified 'core secrets' program dubbed Sentry Eagle previously known …
Darren Pauli, 14 Oct 2014
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NSA lays out its reforms post-Snowden (they can fit on back of a stamp)

The NSA has published its first "report" on signals intelligence "reform" in the US. If you were hoping for sweeping changes in the wake of Ed Snowden's whistleblowing, you're in for disappointment. The factsheet, covering the year to date, was written up after some prodding and tutting by President Obama in January 2014. It …
Iain Thomson, 05 Feb 2015
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Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

According to the latest drop of leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the US spy agency provides financial assistance, weapons and signals intelligence to Israel. The Intercept reports that Canadian, British and Jordanian signals intelligence is also shared with Israel. This intelligence relates to Palestinian targets, …
John Leyden, 04 Aug 2014