Tag: Business/Finance

US Sanctions on State-sponsored Cyberattacks May Be Drafted Soon

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The Obama administration is working on a series of actions, including economic sanctions and curbs on doing business in the U.S., to punish nations that persist in hacking its corporate computer networks, according to two administration officials with knowledge of

Snowden Documents provide Undeniable Evidence of NSA-AT&T Collusion

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  On Saturday, The NYT published a story detailing the close collaboration between multinational telecommunications corporation AT&T and the NSA. According to documents provided by the former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden, AT&T maintained a “higly collaborative” relationship with

David Cohen Becomes the CIA’s ‘Financial Batman’

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Washington — In a reflection of the increasing role the U.S. Department of the Treasury is playing in clandestine operations, America’s “sanctions guru” was sworn in on February 9 as the country’s second-in-command spymaster. David Cohen, whose appointment as deputy

Obama Administration Charges Most Whistleblowers in US History

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama’s administration has charged almost three times more whistleblowers than the rest US administrations all together, according to Reporters Without Borders’s report issued on Thursday. “No fewer than 8 whistleblowers, including Chelsea Manning, have been charged under the Espionage Act

West behind falling ruble and oil prices – Russian spy chief

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Washington and its allies are pursuing a regime change policy towards Russia, deliberately introducing sanctions and attacking the ruble through manipulation of world oil prices, the head of Russia’s external intelligence agency has said. Mikhail Fradkov, the head of the

Germany signs no-spy deal with BlackBerry after NSA phone tapping

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Germany has approved BlackBerry’s purchase of encryption firm Secusmart after signing a “no-spy” agreement with the Canadian smartphone maker. Duesseldorf-based Secusmart provides special smartphones to German government officials that are meant to be safe from eavesdropping. German media report that

China blocks thousands more websites as ‘Great Firewall’ targets cloud services

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Thousands of websites are no longer accessible from China after the country’s censorship authorities blocked a major hosting and cloud services company. According to internet freedom watchdog GreatFire.org, the EdgeCast content delivery network (CDN), which “provides cloud services to thousands

Obama administration considering ramping up CIA’s role in training Syria rebel fighters: report

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The CIA may be spending more time in Syria. The Obama administration is considering plans to ramp up the agency’s role in arming and training moderate rebel fighters in Syria, U.S. officials told the Washington Post. The expansion comes as

Top British Spy Warns of Terrorists’ Use of Social Media

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LONDON — One of Britain’s highest-ranking intelligence officials on Tuesday castigated the giant American companies that dominate the Internet for providing the “command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals” and challenged the companies to find a better balance between

Google claims it installed unbreakable encryption after NSA spying

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The executive chairman of Google says the internet giant updated its encryption standards to make them unbreakable after learning the National Security Agency could spy on users. Eric Schmidt rejected allegations made by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that the search giant and

Cyber Espionage and the Digital Redistribution of Wealth

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Since the computerization of modern business, intellectual property (IP) theft in the U.S. has escalated to unprecedented levels. According to the former commander of the U.S. Cyber Command General Keith Alexander, the approximate economic loss to the U.S. amounts to

CIA Expert Warns Of A Disaster That Would Make The Great Depression Seem Harmless

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According to CIA economic expert Jim Rickards, a “25-year Great Depression is about to strike America.” Rickards, the CIA’s Financial Threat and Asymmetric Warfare Advisor, gave a recent exclusive interview with Money Morning. This isn’t some crackpot figure claiming there will be a 25

Assange says ‘Google works like NSA’

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange equated Google with the National Security Agency and GCHQ, saying the tech giant has become “a privatized version of the NSA,” as it collects, stores, and indexes people’s data. He made his remarks to BBC and

In Yahoo Versus NSA, Hypocrisy Wins

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Yahoo! Inc., as it turns out, has cared about privacy since 2007. It just couldn’t tell anyone. The company posted a note last week saying it was “pleased to announce” that it had gotten thousands of pages of court documents

JPMorgan Data Breach Traced Back To Russia, Which Calls Claim ‘Nonsense’

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Weeks after JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) discovered a major data breach in its systems, investigators have found clues that show the hackers used a global network of computers available for hire to reroute the stolen data from the bank

JPMorgan Data Breach Traced Back To Russia, Which Calls Claim ‘Nonsense’

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Weeks after JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) discovered a major data breach in its systems, investigators have found clues that show the hackers used a global network of computers available for hire to reroute the stolen data from the bank

Google’s upcoming trans-Pacific cable ripe for NSA intercepts

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The National Security Agency is no doubt licking their lips over the potential intelligence trove of Google’s proposed fiber optic cable, which will span the Pacific Ocean from the U.S. to Japan. As a former NSA official told VentureBeat, “Easy to

We wanted the web for free – but the price is deep surveillance

‘Be careful what you wish for,” runs the adage. “You might just get it.” In the case of the internet, or, at any rate, the world wide web, this is exactly what happened. We wanted exciting services – email, blogging,

‘Comprehensive’ CIA Torture Report Won’t Name Well-Known Architects of Torture Program

Some familiar names will be missing from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long-awaited report on the CIA’s torture program, VICE News has learned. Notably, two retired Air Force psychologists, Dr. Bruce Jessen and Dr. James Mitchell, who have been credited with

Chinese hackers may have stolen your medical records

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A man types on a computer keyboard in this 2013 photo illustration. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters) Chinese hackers have stolen medical records for 4.5 million patients, according to a regulatory filing from Community Health Systems, a publicly-traded company that runs 206 hospitals