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German intelligence reportedly spied on Kerry, Clinton

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Germany’s foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, according to a report Saturday in the German magazine Der Spiegel.  If true, the revelations would be embarrassing for the German government, which has vociferously complained to Washington in recent months about alleged American spy activity in

NSA spying might have affected U.S. tech giants more than we thought

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Spying by the National Security Agency and increasing demands by the feds for client data continues costing U.S. IT giants billions in lost revenue while also damaging reputations of the American company’s themselves. That’s the assertion by Electronic Frontier Foundation legislative analyst Mark Jaycox. Based on NSA documents leaked by fugitive Edward Snowden, successful agency programs, like

Snowden casts doubt on NSA investigation into security disclosures

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National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has called into question the competence of the investigation into the aftermath of his disclosures, which was overseen by the NSA’s new deputy director, Rick Ledgett. In a new cover story for Wired magazine, the former NSA contractor provided writer James Bamford with previously unreported allegations of NSA cyberattack

Meet the NSA Bot That Could Wage Cyberwar Autonomously

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Edward Snowden has made us painfully aware of the government’s sweeping surveillance programs over the last year. But a new program, currently being developed at the NSA, suggests that surveillance may fuel the government’s cyber defense capabilities, too. The NSA whistleblower says the agency is developing a cyber defense system that would instantly and autonomously

Report: Israeli Intelligence Focused on Eliminating the Brains Behind Gaza Rocket Attacks

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Israel’s intelligence services are going after Hamas and Islamic Jihad (IJ) rocket experts the same way they were rumored to have gone after Iran’s nuclear scientists in recent years, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported Tuesday, quoting foreign sources. According to the reports, the Shin Bet and IDF Military Intelligence are working to hit a small

NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting

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On August 1, NPR’s Morning Edition broadcast a story by NPR national security reporter Dina Temple-Raston touting explosive claims from what she called “a tech firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.” That firm, Recorded Future, worked together with “a cyber expert, Mario Vuksan, the CEO of ReversingLabs,” to produce a new report that purported to vindicate the repeated

NSA Internet Metadata Program Collected More Than Was Allowed, Shared Data Too Broadly

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A now-defunct National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection program that collected information about online communications exceeded its authority, collected too much, and shared that information too freely, recently declassified court documents show. The program collected, according to the official IC On The Record Tumblr page, “certain electronic communications metadata such as the ‘to,’ ‘from,’ and

Espionage programs linked to spying on former Soviet targets

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A one-two combination of malware programs has infiltrated the embassies and government systems of a number of former Eastern Bloc nations as well as European targets, according to a technical analysis by security researchers. Using exploits and malicious downloads delivered through phishing attacks or on compromised websites, attackers first infect a system with a program,

CIA Arms Kurdish Pershmerga in Battle Against ISIS: Officials

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. is directly arming Kurdish fighters in their battle against Islamist militants in northern Iraq, security officials told NBC News on Monday. In the past, the U.S. had channeled all weapons – including ammunition – through the Iraqi government in Baghdad. Revelations that the CIA is sending arms directly to Kurdish forces,

UK School children to be trained in cyber warfare

Teenagers in the UK are being offered the opportunity to learn cyber defence skills from Northrop Grumman, manufacturer of the USAF’s B-2 Stealth Bomber. The defence giant is partnering with the government-backed Cyber Security Challenge UK to engage thousands of 12- to 18-year-old Army cadets, scout groups, schools and colleges across Britain in national team-based

Identify your spy: Germany asks other countries for names of secret agents

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Germany is asking foreign diplomatic missions to reveal the names of secret service agents working in the country, a report states. It comes amid the spy row between Berlin and Washington, following revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The German Foreign Ministry sent a note verbale to all the foreign embassies in Berlin on

NSA asked judge to delete ‘classified’ testimony without public awareness

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The National Security Agency worked behind the scenes to remove a section of a court transcript after suspecting one of its lawyers inadvertently disclosed secret information in a court case over alleged illegal surveillance. Has the wall of secrecy protecting US intelligence-gathering methods become so severe and repressive that even to acknowledge the redaction of

Torture report will spark violence in Mideast: CIA

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The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) warns that public disclosure of a Senate report on the agency’s torture methods will trigger violent street protests in the Middle East, endangering US embassies and personnel. “The Mideast is a tinderbox right now and this could be the spark that ignites quite a fire,” a US intelligence official who

Bitcoin Suspected to Be NSA or CIA Project

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Popular digital currency bitcoin is a project run by the US National Security Agency (NSA), according to a group that tracks the activities of government organisations around the globe. The group, named CIA Project, claims evidence that the cryptocurrency is made by the NSA or the CIA. It claims that the name of bitcoin’s alledged

Russia-linked cyber attack on Ukraine PM’s office

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Dozens of computers in the Ukrainian prime minister’s office and at least 10 of Ukraine’s embassies abroad have been infected with a virulent cyber espionage weapon linked to Russia. The cyber attack has also affected embassies in eastern Europe of at least nine countries including Germany, China, Poland and Belgium. Sensitive diplomatic information has been

Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Revelations about the National Security Agency’s electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls or comb through texts. Jon Callas, co-founder of Silent Circle, which sells an encryption app

Chinese officials fear Apple products may be tools for U.S. espionage

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BEIJING – Edward Snowden might not be such a popular figure among Chinese officials any more, after it emerged this week that government money won’t be spent on iPads or MacBooks any more because of concerns about U.S. spying. Snowden’s revelations about widespread U.S. spying on foreign governments took the pressure off China last year,

Bruce Schneier: The US Intelligence Community has a Third Leaker

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Ever since The Intercept published this story about the US government’s Terrorist Screening Database, the press has been writing about a “second leaker”: The Intercept article focuses on the growth in U.S. government databases of known or suspected terrorist names during the Obama administration. The article cites documents prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center dated

Intelligence Source: Turks Launch Bombing Strikes on ISIS

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A former high ranking CIA official in Baghdad tells Newsweek that Turkish jets carried out airstrikes on Islamic State (I.S.) militants threatening Kurdish refugees–an assertion that Ankara denies. The White House, meanwhile, said it had launched humanitarian air drops to the beleaguered Kurds trapped by advancing I.S. forces in the northern part of Iraq and

After Edward Snowden, US government now fears it has new mole

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The US government fears that the US intelligence agencies have a second mole who is feeding top secret information to journalists, it has been reported. The existence of a second high-level leaker – separate from the former defence contractor Edward Snowden – has been mooted in intelligence and journalistic circles for some weeks, but was