Category: BREAKING NEWS

U.S. discloses intelligence on downing of Malaysian jet

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The Obama administration, detailing what it called evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysian airliner, on Tuesday released satellite images and other sensitive intelligence that officials say show Moscow had trained and equipped rebels in Ukraine responsible for the attack. Senior U.S. intelligence officials cited sensors that traced the path of the

Your Naked Photos are a “Fringe Benefit” for NSA Employees

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed that nude images they find during their surveillance of American citizens are a “fringe benefit” for NSA employees, who allegedly pass along explicit photographs of strangers to their coworkers. Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, the former NSA employee spoke of how young, 18 to 22-year-old guys are enlisted by the

Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show

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Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries, according to top-secret documents. The United States has long had broad no-spying arrangements with those four countries — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — in a group known collectively with the

US spy agency trying to develop computers that think like humans

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A little-known US intelligence research agency hopes to revolutionize the machine mind by finding firms capable of writing computer algorithms nearly identical to those implemented by the human brain. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), which operates under the Director of National Intelligence, will host a Proposers’ Day conference for the Machine Intelligence from

Germany NSA’s main target, claims ex-staffer

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Drake, an NSA executive turned whistleblower, said the US National Security Agency (NSA) wanted to punish Germany to a “certain extent” for failing to notice that an al Qaeda terrorist cell had planned the attack series from Hamburg. The cell led by Mohammed Atta and recruited by the late al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden

Blimp flies over NSA’s Utah Data Center to protest ‘illegal mass surveillance program’

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BLUFFDALE, Utah — A group of activists from a coalition of environmental, privacy and anti-spying organizations flew a blimp over the NSA’s massive Utah Data Center in protest over allegations of domestic spying. “It’s not often that you can get — literally — over the NSA,” Parker Higgins, an activist with the Electronic Frontier Federation,

Official Report: NSA Spied on 89,138 ‘Targets’ Last Year

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The overseer of U.S. intelligence agencies released its first transparency report on Friday, detailing the scope of NSA surveillance last year. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence revealed that the NSA spied on 89,138 “targets” under its PRISM program — and that the spy agency needed just one order from the federal surveillance

Irked by N.S.A., Germany Cancels Deal With Verizon

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LONDON — Germany said on Thursday that it would cancel a contract with Verizon Communications, part of the fallout from continuing revelations by Edward J. Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, who says that American intelligence agencies had routine access to global data provided by telecom companies. Mr. Snowden’s accusations have had particular impact

Microsoft lawyer says future is ‘bleak’ because of NSA surveillance

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Microsoft’s top lawyer doesn’t see much reason to be optimistic going forward if the National Security Agency doesn’t stop its bulk collection of private data, pointing to a “bleak future” and a lack of justice and accountability. Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Microsoft’s executive vice president and general counsel Brad

Judge upholds order demanding release of CIA torture accounts

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A military judge has rejected the US government’s attempts to keep accounts of the CIA’s torture of a detainee secret, setting up a fateful choice for the Obama administration in staunching the fallout from its predecessor’s brutal interrogations. In a currently-sealed 24 June ruling at Guantánamo Bay – described to the Guardian – Judge James

Snowden’s year in Russia: From airport hideout to mystery location

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With his life being made into a Hollywood movie, ex-NSA analyst Edward Snowden executed the biggest intelligence leak in history and outwitted the spy agency to mark the one-year anniversary of his stay in Russia – his surprise haven from US prosecution. From ‘Truth is coming’ to ‘Merkel Effect’: Top 13 Snowden quotes on NSA

Australian spy agencies in line for new digital surveillance powers

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Australian spy agencies will be granted new digital surveillance powers under a bill being prepared by the Abbott government, expected to be introduced into parliament in July. The government will also seek to establish a mandatory data collection regime, where phone and internet providers are forced to harvest and store their customers’ metadata, in a

Your Naked Photos are a “Fringe Benefit” for NSA Employees

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed that nude images they find during their surveillance of American citizens are a “fringe benefit” for NSA employees, who allegedly pass along explicit photographs of strangers to their coworkers. Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, the former NSA employee spoke of how young, 18 to 22-year-old guys are enlisted by the

Pakistan, Iran, and… USA? New heatmap shows where NSA hacks

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A screenshot from the National Security Agency’s Boundless Informant visualization tool shows that the NSA was heavily focusing its network hacking efforts in 2013 on Iran and Pakistan. All the while, the NSA also had active “computer network exploits” within the United States. The new document, published by Der Spiegel, is part of 53 documents

How Secret Partners Expand NSA’s Surveillance Dragnet

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Huge volumes of private emails, phone calls, and internet chats are being intercepted by the National Security Agency with the secret cooperation of more foreign governments than previously known, according to newly disclosed documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden. The classified files, revealed today by the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information in a reporting collaboration with The

Silicon Valley Is Key to Limiting NSA Surveillance

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A little more than a year ago, journalist Glenn Greenwald and his then-colleagues at the Guardian, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, set off for Hong Kong to meet a mysterious source who promised unprecedented information about the United States’ intelligence activities. Little did they know that Edward Snowden, a young ex-contractor for the National Security

Hillary Clinton backs overhaul of surveillance powers in NSA criticism

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Hillary Clinton has thrown her weight behind political efforts to rein in US surveillance powers in her most forthright criticism yet of the National Security Agency (NSA). The former secretary of state, who has hitherto largely stayed out of the debate sparked by leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, called on Congress to restore constitutional

NSA Turned Germany Into Its Largest Listening Post in Europe

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The National Security Agency has turned Germany into its most important base of operations in Europe, according to a story published by Der Spiegel this week. The German magazine reports that documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden “paint a picture of an all-powerful American intelligence agency that has developed an increasingly intimate relationship with Germany over

British Spy Agencies Are Said to Assert Power to Intercept Web Traffic

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LONDON — In a broad legal rationale for collecting information from Internet use by its citizens, the British government has reportedly asserted the right to intercept communications that go through services like Facebook, Google and Twitter that are based in the United States or other foreign nations, even if they are between people in Britain.