Tag: Computer security

How Big Business Is Helping Expand NSA Surveillance, Snowden Be Damned

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Since November 11, 2011, with the introduction of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, American spy agencies have been pushing laws to encourage corporations to share more customer information. They repeatedly failed, thanks in part to NSA contractor Edward

Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret Hacking Tactics

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Canada’s electronic surveillance agency has secretly developed an arsenal of cyber weapons capable of stealing data and destroying adversaries’ infrastructure, according to newly revealed classified documents. Communications Security Establishment, or CSE, has also covertly hacked into computers across the world

Senate Cybersecurity Bill Is ‘Surveillance By Another Name,’ Says Lone Senator Who Voted Against It

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All but one of the 15 members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted in favor of a cybersecurity bill Thursday. The measure would allow government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security to exchange information with private companies

Obama to encourage companies to share cyber threat data

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(Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order on Friday aimed at encouraging companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment.

Reforming the Intelligence Machine in an Era of Asymmetric Warfare

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There’s no doubt that we are now well into a time when wars are won and lost on intelligence efforts. In an era of budgetary constraints, low appetite for overt foreign intervention, and highly asymmetric insurgency — the likes of

How Obama Endangered Us All With Stuxnet

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A few months after President Obama took office in 2009, he announced that securing the nation’s critical infrastructure — its power generators, its dams, its airports, and its trading floors — was a top priority for his administration. Intruders had

Tracking Isis, stalking the CIA: how anyone can be big brother online

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“Our choice isn’t between a world where either the good guys spy or the bad guys spy. It’s a choice of everybody gets to spy or nobody gets to spy.” So said the security luminary Bruce Schneier at BBC Future’s

German intelligence to monitor overseas social networks

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Germany’s foreign intelligence agency plans to spend hundreds of millions of euros on surveillance technology designed to monitor foreign social networks, local media reported, citing a confidential document. The Federal Intelligence Service (BND) will spend €28 million, in 2015 alone,

Hackers breach some White House computers

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Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion. White House officials, speaking

Russian government gathers intelligence with malware: report

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Malicious software designed to steal sensitive information from businesses and foreign governments is made in Russia and supported by the Russian government, a security research firm reported Tuesday. The group behind the malicious software, or malware, has been identified as

Where Is the Investigation Into Financial Corruption at the NSA?

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Earlier this year, when Keith Alexander resigned as head of the National Security Agency, he began trying to cash in on expertise he’d gained while in government, pitching himself as a security consultant who could protect Wall Street banks and

France gets serious over ‘Snowden syndrome’ and cybersecurity

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Brittany in northwest France is best known for its crepes and apple cider. This weekend, it also became the site of the biggest cyberattack in French history. The assault – a state-orchestrated simulation at the country’s top military academy in

Germany can’t crack ‘CIA double agent’ laptop

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Der Spiegel reports that Attorney General Harald Range gave the German Parliament’s NSA investigation committee the bad news last week. Security experts from the Criminal Police (BKA) and secret services are trying to find out whether the intelligence officer at the

The UK’s Spy Agency Is Even More FOIA-Proof Than the NSA

The Government Communications Headquarters—essentially the British equivalent of the National Security Agency in the US—is, perhaps ironically, not known for being very communicative. Privacy International, a UK charity, is trying to get them to open up a little. This week,

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Doesn’t Know Much About Tech, Says That’s a Good Thing

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Even when you’re not quite qualified for a job, you can usually bluff your way through the interview if you can positively present the skills you do have. But when the job is White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, you really shouldn’t

NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’ alleges developer

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The Tor Project’s executive director has alleged members of the NSA and GCHQ regularly leak it details of flaws the agencies have discovered in its code. By fixing these flaws, the project can protect users’ anonymity, he explained. The agencies

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

Snowden Leaks Cost Nation’s Cyber Security Efforts, Former NSA Official Says

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A former deputy National Security Agency director said intelligence secrets leaked by Edward Snowden last June derailed legislative attempts to encourage the public and private sectors to share information about vulnerabilities in cyberspace, and said the government must do more

The NSA’s Corporate Collaborators

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Emails published by Al Jazeera America, in addition to showing hi-tech executives and senior intelligence officials interacting on a casual first-name basis, reference a government program referred to as the Enduring Security Framework (ESF) [1]. An NPR piece on the

Here’s how the NSA decides to tell you about a zero day – or not

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The White House has provided some detail on how the NSA and other US government agencies make decisions around whether to publicise tech security flaws they have discovered — or whether to keep them under wraps for intelligence purposes. The