Category: BREAKING NEWS

German foreign intelligence agency wants to access social media sites in real time

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The German foreign intelligence agency (BND) reportedly plans to expand its digital espionage operations, according to several German media outlets. The German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, as well as broadcasters NDR and WDR said on Friday that confidential files from the spy agency indicated plans to access social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, in

Iran-based hackers reportedly target US officials for sanctions, anti-nuclear intelligence

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Hackers apparently based in Iran have mounted a three-year campaign of cyber-espionage against high-ranking U.S. and international officials, including a four-star admiral, to gather intelligence on economic sanctions, antinuclear proliferation efforts and other issues, according to cybersecurity investigators. Using an elaborate ruse involving more than a dozen personas working for a fake U.S. news organization,

Snowden unlikely to ‘man up’ in face of Espionage Act, legal adviser says

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Responding to US secretary of state’s comments, Snowden adviser Ben Wizner says ‘negotiated settlement’ would be necessary. An adviser to Edward Snowden said on Wednesday that an unfair legal landscape made it unlikely that the NSA whistleblower would take US secretary of state John Kerry up on his invitation to “man up” and return to

WikiLeaks claims Google director helped the NSA spy on Afghanistan

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Transparency group WikiLeaks blasted fellow secret-spillers The Intercept last week for censoring the name of a country targeted by United States surveillance. WikiLeaks alleges the nation to be Afghanistan, but the story might not stop right there. When journalist Glenn Greenwald and the co-authors of last week’s article in The Intercept wrote about the latest

Snowden: I was a trained spy, not just a hacker

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Edward Snowden says he’s more than just a hacker or systems administrator, as the Obama administration and media have portrayed him. He worked undercover for the CIA and the National Security Agency. “I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word, in that I lived and worked undercover overseas

Glenn Greenwald to publish list of U.S. citizens that NSA spied on

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Glenn Greenwald, one of the reporters who chronicled the document dump by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden via the U.K. press, now said he’s set to publish his most dramatic piece yet: The names of those in the United States targeted by the NSA. “One of the big questions when is comes to domestic

White House blows cover of CIA chief in Afghanistan

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The CIA’s top officer in Kabul was exposed Saturday by the White House when his name was inadvertently included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in President Obama’s surprise visit with U.S. troops. The White House recognized the mistake and quickly issued a revised list that did not include

China to ditch US consulting firms over suspected espionage

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State-owned Chinese companies will cease to work with US consulting companies like McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group over fears they are spying on behalf of the US government. US consulting companies McKinsey, BCG, Bain & Company, and Strategy&, formerly Booz & Co., will all be snubbed by state-owned Chinese companies, the Financial Times reported, citing

Pentagon report: scope of intelligence compromised by Snowden ‘staggering’

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A top-secret Pentagon report to assess the damage to national security from the leak of classified National Security Agency documents by Edward Snowden concluded that “the scope of the compromised knowledge related to US intelligence capabilities is staggering”. The Guardian has obtained a copy of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s classified damage assessment in response to

House Passes Curbs on NSA Phone Surveillance

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In an overwhelming vote, the House moved the U.S. closer to ending the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records Thursday, the most significant demonstration to date of leaker Edward Snowden’s impact on the debate over privacy versus security. But the final version of the legislation, “watered down” in the words of one

Tech giants oppose NSA reform bill for timid safeguards against spying

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Ahead of Thursday’s US House vote on a bill sold as reform of a major US government spying program, top technology firms like Google have joined civil liberties and privacy groups in calling the legislation inadequate in fighting mass surveillance. The Reform Government Surveillance coalition – AOL, Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and

China accuses U.S. of hypocrisy amid charges of economic espionage

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Chinese diplomats in Washington have accused the United States of hypocrisy after authorities in Beijing were charged with economic cyber-espionage earlier this week. Unresolved allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on a U.S. company’s Chinese competitor have resurfaced amid growing anger from Chinese officials over accusations that the country’s military hacked into U.S. databases to

NSA spies on OSCE HQ in Vienna – report

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Among the many targets for the UN National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is the Vienna-based headquarters of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Austrian media reported. The OSCE is mentioned among the targets for NSA in the National Intelligence Priorities Framework (NIPF), a confidential document outlining intelligence gathering priorities, reported on Wednesday

Restrictions placed on NSA’s data store after intense talks over surveillance bill

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Last-minute negotiations over the details of a congressional surveillance bill have resulted in restrictions around the National Security Agency’s massive repository of analysed call data. Intense closed-door talks between lawmakers and Obama administration and intelligence officials that wrapped up Tuesday afternoon have finalised the language of the USA Freedom Act. The bill is expected to

CIA knows something about missing Flight MH370, says former Malaysian PM

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Missing Flight MH370 did not crash and its current whereabouts may be know to the Central Intelligence Agency and the Boeing aircraft company, Malaysia’s influential former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has claimed. Dr Mahathir said the plane could have been switched onto autopilot remotely by the CIA if it had been hijacked. ‘Remotely by radio

U.S. accuses Chinese military of cyber espionage

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. accused Chinese military officials of hacking into several U.S. enterprises to steal trade secrets and intellectual property in an indictment to be made public Monday, two senior federal law enforcement officials said. It is the first time the U.S. has charged a state actor in a criminal cyber espionage case. Federal

Encrypted Web Traffic More Than Doubles After NSA Revelations

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Google search guru Matt Cutts says we should encrypt the entire internet. And he’s not alone. In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations of widespread internet eavesdropping by the NSA, the human rights organization Access is also campaigning for all websites to encrypt their connections to internet users, a pretty good way of thwarting interlopers.

NSA Docs Detail Efforts To Collect Data From Microsoft’s Skype, SkyDrive, And Outlook

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Last July, Glenn Greenwald published a set of claims regarding a number of Microsoft services that were, especially at the time, unsettling: That Microsoft had helped the NSA “circumvent its encryption” relating to web chat on Outlook.com, that it had worked with the FBI to bring OneDrive (then called SkyDrive) into better fit with PRISM,

Vietnam-China cyberwar breaking out?

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VietNamNet Bridge – After hackers claiming to be Vietnamese attacked multiple Chinese websites, 102 Vietnamese websites were attacked by Chinese hackers. It is widely feared this may trigger a cyberwar between Vietnam and China. Securitydaily on May 9 quoted techz.vn as reporting that tens of websites of Chinese organizations and enterprises had been attacked by

GCHQ’s spy malware operation faces legal challenge

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GCHQ, the government’s monitoring agency, acted illegally by developing spy programs that remotely hijack computers’ cameras and microphones without the user’s consent, according to privacy campaigners. A legal challenge lodged on Tuesday at the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) calls for the hacking techniques – alleged to be far more intrusive than interception of communications –